PennDOT ready for winter travel, motorists urged to prepare for season

PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch calls on motorists to join the department in its efforts to keep roadways safe through the upcoming season. PennDOT has 5,400 operators and more than 2,250 trucks ready 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 mean a one-mile section of four-lane roadway would equal four snow-lane miles.

“With our roadways and roughly 25,000 bridges combined, PennDOT is responsible for 96,000 snow-lane miles. That is an enormous undertaking to keep the public safe regardless of what winter throws our way,” Schoch said. “Drivers too play a key role in making sure that we all get home safely, so preparing for winter driving is essential.”

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PennDOT offers new online service for duplicate licenses, ID cards

As part of PennDOT’s commitment to enhanced customer service, customers can now order a duplicate non-commercial driver’s license or photo identification card online if theirs is lost or stolen.

“Ordering a duplicate driver’s license or photo identification card just got easier for our customers,” PennDOT’s Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “This is another example of our online services saving customers time and providing the convenience of completing transactions from the comfort of home.”

No additional fees are charged for online transactions. Customers applying for a duplicate license or photo ID card online must provide their driver’s license or ID card number, last four digits of their Social Security number and date of birth in order to complete the transaction.

A $13.50 fee for the duplicate driver’s license or photo ID card will be charged to the customer’s credit card for the new product. The fee for a duplicate driver’s license with a class M (motorcycle) is $18.50.

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Public input requested through PennDOT, PA Turnpike Commission traveler information survey

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are seeking the public’s input on traveler information through a brief online survey, accessible at www.511PA.com and www.paturnpike.com

The anonymous survey includes questions on the types of traffic information travelers find valuable, how they access and utilize that information, and how traffic information affects their driving habits. It also asks for feedback on PennDOT’s 511PA traveler information service and the PTC’s Turnpike Roadway Information Program (TRIP). “Technology and the ways that our customers use it are constantly evolving. We want to see what people use and expect from information that they absorb while traveling in Pennsylvania,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “I encourage our customers to take this survey so we can see which of our tools are valuable to them and whether we can improve the services we offer.”

PennDOT’s 511PA service provides traffic-delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates, and access to more than 679 traffic cameras. TRIP provides real-time traffic conditions, weather alerts, and travel information online, on the road, and on your phone or mobile device for the 552 miles of turnpike roadway.

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Route 32 (River Road) to close weekdays for core boring in Solebury Township

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced that Route 32 (River Road) will be closed and detoured between Route 263 and Greenhill Road in Solebury Township, weekdays beginning Wednesday, July 31st, for core boring operations. 

Route 32 will be closed Mondays through Fridays from 8:00am to 4:00pm through August 23rd. Crews will work on Route 32 to drill and remove cores from the earth to design the foundations for new retaining walls. Route 32 will need to be closed during the work due to the size of the equipment.

This operation is part of PennDOT’s design for an upcoming project to repair and rebuild 1,200 feet of retaining wall along Route 32 near the intersection of Paxson Road. The project also includes pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, and guide rail and pavement marking installation.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014. Route 32 will be closed and detoured during this improvement project, which is expected to take eight months to complete.

During the operation, Route 32 through traffic will be detoured over Route 263 (York Road), Upper York Road and Greenhill Road. Local access will be maintained up the to the construction zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly.

For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/district6 or call 610.205.6700.

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New license plates available for Paratroopers, WWII Merchant Mariners

Members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have served with a U.S. Military Airborne Unit or as a World War II Merchant Mariner can now display their service with new license plates available from PennDOT.

“These new plates recognize the added challenges faced by the brave service members who served with our nation’s military airborne units and those who served with the Merchant Marines during World War II,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “PennDOT is proud to recognize the contributions of all of our military members.”

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PennDOT encourages taking simple step to save lives through organ donation

With April marking National Donate Life Month, PennDOT is reminding driver’s license and identification card holders that they can easily help another person live a fuller, longer life by registering online as an organ donor. 

“Potential donors considering adding the organ donor designation to their driver’s license or identification card do not have to wait for their renewal notices to take action,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “There are steps that you can take today to become an organ donor and potentially save a life.”

To add the organ donor designation to an existing driver’s license or identification card today, visit www.dmv.state.pa.us and select the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon at the bottom of the page. Once the designation is added, individuals will receive a designation card that they will have to carry with them to affirm organ donor status until they renew or replace their driver’s license or identification card. There is no charge for adding the designation to your driver’s license or identification card.

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PennDOT receives national recognition for litter cleanup efforts

For the ninth consecutive year, PennDOT has been presented with the national Partner Award for its continued support of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.  The Keep America Beautiful and the U.S. Department of Transportation Partner Award recognizes states for their support of litter-cleanup programs and emphasizes the importance of anti-litter programs through public/private partnerships.

“Keeping Pennsylvania beautiful is so important to our citizens and our communities, and that is obvious by the number of volunteers who get involved,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “It’s a great cause that reduces roadside litter and illegal dumping, while reducing costs to do so.”

This year’s event collected more than 6.7 million tons of unsightly litter from Pennsylvania roadways and other areas including schoolyards, railroad tracks, trails, waterways, shorelines, as well as parks and wetlands.

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