State crews used over 14,600 tons of asphalt over the past two weeks to fill potholes and repair pavement damage on state highways in the five-county Philadelphia region, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today. PennDOT and contractors working for the state have placed 50,961 tons of patching material to smooth pothole-scarred state roads in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties since December 1st, 2014, including 49,292 tons since March 9th.
PennDOT is inviting motorcycle riders – from novice to experienced – to sharpen their skills through the free Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program before hitting the road for the upcoming riding season. Registration is now open for all PAMSP courses, which are free to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license. All training courses are conducted on a riding range under the supervision of certified instructors.
Preliminary work is underway on the $11 million project to improve travel and reduce congestion at the intersection of U.S. 202 and Route 313 (Swamp Road) in Doylestown Borough and Buckingham and Doylestown Townships, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced earlier this month.
Crews are working along U.S. 202 to install drainage and clear trees and brush in preparation for starting road construction activities in late March.
New license plates, designed to recognize veterans and provide funds to preserve monuments in the Gettysburg National Military Park are now available from PennDOT.
“We are proud to highlight the accomplishments of all of our veterans and members of the Armed Forces through special license plates,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch. “Military-themed plates serve as a silent testament to the courage and commitment of our troops in defense of our nation, and preserving our heritage is part of that recognition.”
As PennDOT shifts its operations from construction to winter maintenance, the department urges motorists to join in preparing for the season and announced a new video to educate the public on PennDOT operations and safe winter driving.
The “Winter Operations” video is available at www.youtube.com/pennsylvaniaDOT and highlights the department’s 5,400 operators and 2,250 trucks prepared to maintain more than 40,000 miles of state-maintained roadway or 96,000 snow-lane miles, enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. A snow-lane is calculated as the miles of road multiplied by the number of lanes, which means a one-mile section of four-lane roadway would equal four snow-lane miles.