Category Archives: Traffic / Closures

Westbound Lanes of Interstate 80 Reopened in Venango County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TRAVEL ADVISORY

March 4, 2019

 

Westbound Lanes of Interstate 80 Reopened in Venango County

 

Oil City, PA – The westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Venango County reopened at noon following a tractor trailer crash earlier in the day.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 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 www.penndot.gov.

 

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties at www.penndot.gov/District1.

 

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035

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REAL IDs Now Available to Pennsylvania Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 5, 2019

REAL IDs Now Available to Pennsylvania Residents
Upgrading to a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card is optional

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is proud to announce that optional REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available for Pennsylvania residents who want one.

federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door on and after October 1, 2020.There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

Federal REAL ID regulations require that PennDOT verify a customer’s identity, social security number, Pennsylvania residency, and name changes (if applicable), even if a customer already has a PA driver’s license or ID card. More info about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Customers have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product: customers may order their REAL ID online if they have been pre-verified; they can visit any PennDOT Driver’s License Center, have their documents verified and imaged, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days; or they can visit one of twelve REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over-the-counter at the time of service.

When a customer gets their first REAL ID product, they will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license. This expiration date structure means that the customer won’t “lose” time that they’ve already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

PennDOT has upgraded seven of its existing driver’s license centers to allow for over-the-counter issuance of REAL ID (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Rockview in Centre County, Erie, Altoona, Norristown and South 70th Street in Philadelphia) and added the following new locations, which are now open for business:

  • 1025 Washington Pike, Rt. 50, Bridgeville;
  • 143 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia;
  • 1101 MacArthur Road, Allentown;
  • 429 North Enola Road, Enola; and
  • 2090 Lincoln Highway East., Lancaster.

REAL ID-compliant products are marked with a gold star in the upper right corner, standard-issue (non-compliant) products include the phrase “Not for REAL ID Purposes,” per federal regulations. Sample images can be viewed onPennDOT’s website.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Campbell, 717-787-0485

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Corrected: Vehicle Restrictions to be Imposed on Certain Roadways, Motorists Urged to Monitor Weather Conditions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 19, 2019

 

Corrected: Vehicle Restrictions to be Imposed on Certain Roadways, Motorists Urged to Monitor Weather Conditions

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PA Turnpike are advising motorists to closely monitor weather forecasts and conditions as a storm brings snow and ice statewide.

Due to potential snowfall and anticipated sleet or freezing rain along with balancing needs for goods movement, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are implementing phased restrictions through the storm. Depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced.

At 6:00 AM Wednesday, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.

Also at 6:00 AM Wednesday, on I-80 from I-79 to the I-99 interchange and on the Turnpike from New Stanton (exit 75) east to Carlisle (exit 226), the following vehicles will be prohibited:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

At noon on Wednesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from I-81 to I-95 (Exit 43);
  • I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to the New York state line;
  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
  • I-176;
  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80;
  • I-276; PA Turnpike
  • I-283;
  • I-295;
  • I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid County (exit 20) to Clarks Summit (exit 131);
  • I-676;
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

A 45-mph speed restriction may be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those timeframes and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visitingwww.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

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.

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by using https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter.aspx. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker onwww.PATurnpike.com.

See a map of planned restrictions at www.penndot.gov, and when restrictions are effective, they can be viewed at www.511PA.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Erin Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT, 717-783-8800 (Mobile, 717-364-7787)               Carl DeFebo, PA Turnpike, (Mobile, 717-645-2265)

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Route 3017 in Venango County Reopened

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TRAVEL ADVISORY

February 13, 2019

Route 3017 in Venango County Reopened

 

Oil City, PA – Route 3017 (Utica Road/ Railroad Street/ Academy Street/ Third Street/ Raymilton Road) in Venango County is reopened following a crash.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035

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PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on Interstate 80 in Northwest Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 12, 2019

 

PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on Interstate 80 in Northwest Region

Commercial Vehicle Ban Also in Place

 

Oil City, PA – A temporary speed restriction and commercial vehicle ban remain in place on Interstate 80 in Mercer and Venango counties.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on Interstate 80 in from Exit 19B (Interstate 79) in Mercer County to the New Jersey state line.

There is also a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) in place on the same portion of Interstate 80. Included in the ban are:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

Drivers will be see similar restrictions on other interstates throughout Pennsylvania today.

Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 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.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by downloading the free ReadyPA app for Apple or Android devices. Citizens can also find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the ReadyPA website.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, Warren counties at www.penndot.gov/District1.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035

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Mercer County Road Route 173 Closed Due to Downed Tree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TRAVEL ADVISORY

February 12, 2019

Mercer County Road Route 173 Closed Due to Downed Tree

 

Oil City, PA – Traffic on both lanes of Route 173 in Mercer County have been closed due to downed tree and utility lines between the intersection of Gilmore Road and Elliott Road in Wolf Creek Township.

Traffic is expected to resume normal travel later today.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joshua Kaufer, 814-678-7095

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PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Presidents Day Holiday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2019

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Presidents Day Holiday 

Harrisburg, PA The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, February 16, through Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.   

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2019 is available on the website by clicking on PennDOT Service Center Holiday Closings under the “Pressroom” link at the bottom of the page.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 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.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Campbell, 717-787-0485

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Lane Restrictions in Place on Route 19 in Erie County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Travel Advisory

February 7, 2019

Lane Restrictions in Place on Route 19 in Erie County

Oil City, PA – Lane restrictions are in place for Route 19 (Peach Street) southbound in Summit Township, Erie County, due to debris on the roadway.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel on Route 19 near the Interstate 90 ramps as clean-up efforts continue.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 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.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, Warren counties at www.penndot.gov/District1.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035

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Roads in PennDOT’s Northwest Region Closed Due to Flooding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Travel Advisory
February 8, 2019

 


Roads in PennDOT’s Northwest Region Closed Due to Flooding

Several Roadways Have Reopened

 

Oil City, PA – The following state roads in PennDOT’s northwest region are closed to through traffic due to flooding.

Crawford County:

  • Mackey Hill Road/Miller Station Road/Brown Hill Road (SR 1016) from Route 6 in Cambridge to Miller Hill Road in Rockdale.
  • Route 173 from Lippert Road/Lake Creek Road to Richie Road in Wayne Township.
  • Wilson Shute Road (SR 2008) from Mercer Pike in Union Township to Route 322 in West Mead Township.

Forest County:

  • Nebraska Road/Little Hickory Road/Guitonville Road (SR 3004) from German Hill Road to Sage Road in Green Township.

Mercer County:

  • Methodist Road (SR 4019) from Salem Road to Kennard Road in Sugar Grove Township.
  • Cranberry Road/Springfield Church Road (SR 2007) from Elliot Road in Findley Township to Irishtown Road/Cranberry Road in Pine Township.

The roadways will reopen when water recedes, and conditions permit.

The following roads are now reopened:

Crawford County:

  • Townhall Road/State Road/Marsh Road/Townhall Lane/Creveling Road (SR 2005) from Wightman Road/Dutch Hill Road in Union Township to Route 285 in Fairfield Township.
  • Mystic Park Road (SR 1011) from Cutch Street in Steuben Township to Kinsack Road in Oil Creek Township.
  • Fish Flats Road/Sparta Street/Britton Road (SR 1041) from Garland Street to White Road in Centerville Borough.

Erie County:

  • Pleasant Street/Elgin Road/Lovell Road (SR 2018) from Main Street in Elgin Borough to Spartansburg Road in Concord Township.
  • French Creek Road (SR 2001) from Route 6 to Flatt Road in LeBoeuf Township.

Warren County:

  • Old Garland Road/Kane Road (SR 3014) from Route 27 to Cole Hill Road in Pittsfield Township.

PennDOT urges motorists to be alert to water on roadways, obey warning signs and traffic control devices, and never drive through flooding or standing water on roads. Shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 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.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie

MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035

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