June 5, 2018

PennDOT Displays Plans for Roundabout Project in Hermitage, Mercer County


Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to view a display of plans for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 62 and State Street (SR 3008) in the City of Hermitage, Mercer County.


The work on the roundabout is currently expected to begin in April 2019.


The project will require some lane closures and a detour of less than a mile for Route 62 (Shenango Valley Freeway) westbound traffic. The detour will use State Street and Route 18.


Plans for the project will be on display:


Date:              June 5 through June 29, 2018

Time:              Monday through Friday7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location:       City of Hermitage Building

800 North Hermitage Road

Hermitage, PA 16148


The display of plans is to introduce the project to the public and seek input. Please contact Chris Boyer-Krantz, PennDOT ProjectManager, at (814) 678-7379 with any questions or concerns.


The plans display is also an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the project’s potential effect upon Cultural Resources pursuant to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s 36 CFR Part 800 regulations implementing Section 106of the National Historic Preservation Act.


The display is being held in a facility that complies with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it is accessible toindividuals who have disabilities. Any person having special needs or requiring special aids or having special concerns thatrequire individual attention should contact Chris Boyer-Krantz, PennDOT Project Manager, at (814) 678-7379.


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MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, (814) 678-5035

EDITOR’S NOTE: A concept drawing of the roundabout is attached to this email.

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January 5, 2018


Speed Limits Restored on I-80 in Mercer, Venango Counties


Oil City, PA – PennDOT has lifted the speed limit restrictions that were in place on Interstate 80 in Mercer and Venango counties.

Due to the winter storm impacting the region, speed limits remain reduced to 45 mph on Interstate 79 in Crawford, Erie, and Mercer counties.

PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit

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Media contact: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035

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January 5, 2018

Route 62 Closed in Jefferson Township, Mercer County


Oil City, PA – Route 62 in Mercer County is closed from the intersection with Valley Road to the intersection with Charleston Road/Greenfield Road in Jefferson Township due to a downed utility line.

The road is expected to reopen later today.

Media contact: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035




October 3, 2017


Online Voting Open for Paint the Plow Program in Mercer County

Public Invited to Pick Their Favorite Plow through Social Media Campaign


Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) northwest region invites the public to vote on five plows decorated by Mercer County high school students as part of the “Paint the Plow” program.


“Paint the Plow” is a statewide outreach aimed at promoting winter driving safety and fostering appreciation for high school art programs.


Earlier this year, PennDOT invited Mercer County high school students to paint plow blades based on the regional theme “ – Know Before You Go.” The theme was chosen to draw attention to PennDOT’s website, which features information on roadway conditions, travel speeds, and plow truck routes.


Teens from Mercer Area, Sharpsville, Greenville Area, Hickory, and Commodore Perry high schools participated.


“The students did a great job decorating the plows. We were very impressed,” said Mercer County Maintenance Manager Darrell Chapman. “We hope the process helped them gain a better understanding of the importance of sharing the road safely with larger vehicles, especially plow trucks during the winter months.“


Members of the public can vote for their favorite plow through the PennDOT Facebookpage.  Pictures of each plow are posted online in the Mercer County photo album.

The plow photo that receives the most “Reactions” between October 3, 2017 and October 10, 2017 will be deemed the “Fan Favorite.” Each “Reaction,” regardless of whether it is a like, love, haha, wow, sad, angry, will count as one vote.


The plows were unveiled last month at PennDOT’s annual Mercer County Open House and have been on display at the facility. During the winter weather season, the blades will be used to maintain area roadways. Along with the “Fan Favorite” award, the blades are also eligible for the “Judges’ Pick” and “People’s Choice” honors. Those awards were determined during the open house event.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035


Editor’s note: Pictures of the plows are available at this link:

The names reflect the school of the student artists.

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July 6, 2017


PennDOT Announces Mercer County Road Maintenance Schedule


Oil City, PA – Mercer County Maintenance Manager Darrell Chapman today announced the following schedule of maintenance for roads maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation during the week of July 10, 2017.


Mercer County Maintenance Schedule:


Activity Municipalities State Route Common Road Name
Flushing Bridges Various SR 0080 I-80
Flushing Bridges Various SR 0079 I-79
Flushing Bridges Various SR 0208 Route 208
Spray Patching French Creek Township SR 1015SR 1016 New Lebanon Road and Utica Road
Spray Patching West Salem Township SR 4001 Summit Road
Spray Patching Pymatuning Township SR 3022 Rutledge Road
Spray Patching Shenango Township SR 0318 Route 318
Ditching French Creek Township SR 1015SR 1016 New Lebanon Road and Utica Road
Crack Seal East Lackawannock Township SR 0062 Route 62
Crack Seal Springfield Township SR 0019 Route 19
Bridge Deck Replacement Jackson Township SR 0062 Route 62
Pipe Replacement Jefferson Township SR 0258 Route 258


All activities are weather permitting, and this list is subject to change.


For more information about this maintenance schedule please contact the Mercer County Maintenance Office at 724-662-5350


PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers. Look for the work area as soon as the first orange sign is spotted.


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Media Contact: Jim Carroll, (814) 678-7095

Post Author: Kevin Thomas