New license plates help fund bicycle safety efforts

The new “Share the Road” special fund registration plate designed to help fund bicycle safety is now in stock and being shipped to interested vehicle owners, PennDOT announced recently. The new plates were authorized by Act 36, referred to as the David (Dave) Bachman Act, which was enacted in June in memory of a PennDOT employee who served as the Department’s first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator.

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PennDOT relocates Fairless Hills Photo License Center

The Fairless Hills Photo License Center, formerly located in the Deon Square Shopping Center at 514 S. Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, has moved to AAA Mid-Atlantic, 110 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills. The facility move will save PennDOT nearly $40,000 annually, as AAA is providing the facility at no cost to PennDOT.

There are 15 additional co-locations statewide, which amounts to a cost savings of approximately $600,000 each year. Hours of operation at the new location are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30am – 4:15pm, with extended hours on Thursdays, 8:30am – 6:00pm.

This co-location of a state-owned Photo License Center with a private business is an example of PennDOT’s ongoing modernization initiatives.

To find a PennDOT Driver License or Photo License Center, or to schedule a driver’s exam online, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or call PennDOT’s Customer Call Center at 717-412-5300.

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PennDOT Secretary takes lead in young driver safety initiative

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards is using a personal approach in a new program aimed at delivering an important safety message to young drivers who are convicted of moving traffic violations. Recently, drivers age 16 through 20 cited for driving infractions received a personal letter from Richards reminding them of the importance of obeying the law and the consequences of poor driving habits so early in their driving experience.

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New PennDOT Open Data portal puts data at public’s fingertips

Less than a month after Governor Tom Wolf announced steps to make Pennsylvania’s data more transparent and accessible to the public, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched an Open Data portal housing data ranging from roadway pavement conditions to rail facility locations.

The portal, http://data.pennshare.opendata.arcgis.com/, leverages a GIS (geographic information system) platform used in several states and helps local government, planning and business partners as well as the public. The data, grouped by roadways, bridges, rail, facilities, boundaries and projects, can be used for mapping, sharing, charting and more.

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Bristol Road to Close at Route 263 (York Road) in Warminster and Warwick Township for Reconstruction

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that Bristol Road will be closed and detoured on the west side of the intersection with Route 263 (York Road) in Warminster and Warwick townships, Bucks County, for two months, beginning Tuesday, July 5, for intersection reconstruction.

The Bristol Road closure is associated with PennDOT’s $31.6 million project to reconstruct and improve four miles of Route 263 (York Road) between Bristol Road and Sugar Bottom Road in Warwick and Warminster townships. Construction began in March 2014 and is expected to finish in October 2017.

During construction to rebuild the west side of Bristol Road at its approach to Route 263 (York Road), traffic will be detoured over Route 611 (Easton Road), Route 132 (Street Road) and Route 263 (York Road). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone as eastbound Bristol Road traffic will be able to reach Route 263 (York Road) to travel north or south during construction; however, eastbound travelers will not be able to cross the intersection. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area. The west side of Bristol Road is expected to reopen in late-August.  Later this fall the contractor will rebuild the east side of Bristol Road at Route 263 (York Road).

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PennDOT encourages motorists to report potholes

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding motorists that they can report potholes and other roadway concerns on state roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or visiting www.penndot.gov and clicking on “Submit Roadway Feedback.”

“Late winter and early spring are the peak times for potholes to develop, and PennDOT crews continue to work aggressively to repair potholes in the region,” said PennDOT District Executive Kenneth M. McClain. “We encourage citizens to report pothole locations so our crews can repair them as quickly as possible.”

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PennDOT to rehabilitate Willow Road Bridge in Northampton

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, March 28th to rehabilitate the township-owned Willow Road Bridge over Ironworks Creek in Northampton Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced.

The improvement of the Willow Road bridge is part of a $2.3 million project to rehabilitate five structurally deficient bridges – four township owned and one county owned – in Bucks County. This local bridge improvement project was enabled through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan.

Willow Road will be closed and detoured between Bustleton Pike and Buttonwood Road from Monday, March 28th through June 2016 while crews replace the deteriorated bridge deck and beams. During construction, Willow Roand through traffic will be detoured over Route 232 (Second Street Pike), Tanyard Road and Bustleton Pike.

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Route 32 (River Road) to Close for Three-Weeks in Tinicum and Plumstead Townships for Bridge Construction

Route 32 (River Road) will be closed and detoured between Walters Lane and Point Pleasant Pike in Tinicum and Plumstead townships, Bucks County, from Monday, April 4, through Monday, April 25, for the removal of the temporary bridge at Point Pleasant, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said today.

The three-week closure of Route 32 (River Road) is required to allow construction crews to safely remove the temporary bridge that was built to carry vehicles while a new concrete arch bridge was constructed over the Tohickon Creek. The contractor will also remove the construction platform and resurface the roadway approaches to the new bridge.

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PennDOT, Amtrak announce schedule changes for Keystone Service

PennDOT and Amtrak recently announced schedule changes for the Keystone Service that will better serve the stations and riders between Harrisburg and Philadelphia. In addition, the updates to the schedule will allow better through service to New York City.

PennDOT continually works with Amtrak to identify efficient and productive changes to the Keystone Service. Riders have asked for more frequent trains and additional station stops. This schedule addresses both requests.

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