Sunday, March 31, 2013
About 45,000 vehicles use the Liberty Tunnel on an average day, according to PennDOT.
The Liberty Tunnel will be closed in both directions nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday starting the night of April 2 and running through November 2013. Outbound closures will begin about two hours later on nights of Pittsburgh Penguins home games. The closures are part of the $18.8 million fourth phase of work to improve the tunnel. The project includes repair of structural concrete, updating and repair of electrical, lighting and safety systems, refurbishing of the portal buildings and other improvements. The prime contractor is the Swank Construction Company, LLC. Overall work will conclude this fall. Here will be the posted detours: Outbound detour: Alternate detour: Inbound detour: Commercial vehicle traffic should …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Peters Township police will be ticketing.
Peters Township Police Department is participating in a statewide crackdown on aggressive driving. PennDOT and the South Fayette and Cecil Township police departments held a news conference and enforcement event Tuesday on Route 50 in South Fayette Township to highlight the first wave of the aggressive-driving campaign that began on Monday, March 18. More than 350 municipal police forces, with the Pennsylvania State Police, are participating in aggressive-driving activities through April 28. Police will concentrate enforcement efforts on roadways known to have a high number of aggressive-driving crashes. Aggressive driving includes risky behaviors such as speeding, running red lights and stop signs, tailgating or improper passing. …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the Southpointe exit backed up traffic in both directions Tuesday morning.
UPDATE: 8:35 a.m. - PennDOT announced via Twitter that the southbound crash has been cleared from the highway. A crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the Southpointe exit backed up traffic in both directions Tuesday morning. The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and caused heavy delays. It’s not known how many cars were involved in the crash or if anyone was injured. A line of cars could be seen backed up past the Bridgeville exit until 8:30 a.m. A motorist posting on Twitter said the crash caused a second accident in the northbound lanes, prompting more delays in the Canonsburg area. Continue to monitor Patch.com as more details become available.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The move would increase the price of gasoline, but would bring in billions in new revenue to Pennsylvania.
PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch has a blunt assessment about the state’s aging transportation infrastructure and the government’s new plan to upgrade it. “Every year we duck this issue and every year the bill becomes bigger,” Schoch said. “It doesn’t go away.” Schoch spent Wednesday afternoon meeting with reporters at PennDOT’s District 11 headquarters to outline Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to uncap the state’s oil company franchise tax, which would increase the price of gasoline, but would bring in billions in new revenue. “There are a lot of questions of the cost about doing this,” Schoch said. “There’s also a cost if we don’t do anything.” The cap on tax at the wholesale level would be lifted over five years in unison with a 2-cents cut in …
Friday, January 25, 2013
No injuries were immediately reported.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 11:35 a.m. A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 79 Southbound near the Canonsburg exit that shut the roadway down to one lane has been cleared, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. "There are cars out there all over the place," a 911 supervisor confirmed. It was not immediately known if there were injuries in the crash. Check back with Patch for more details as they become available.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The effort focuses on seat belt use, impaired and aggressive driving, officials said.
The state Department of Transportation and police statewide are joining forces for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement aimed at keeping roadways safe this holiday season. The operation is under way, beginning with statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement. Through the New Year, police will also use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving aggressively or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. “Every year we see an increase in travel during the holiday season, and unfortunately we also see more crashes,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “If we all take the …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Both PennDOT programs are free and voluntary.
Gov. Tom Corbett recently announced that the state Department of Transportation is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations—the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs. “Both of these programs speak for people when they can’t speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible,” Corbett said in a release. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it’s critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim.” Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out a form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The restrictions will be in place both Thursday and Friday, according to PennDOT.
The state Department of Transportation District 12 is advising motorists that there will be single-lane restrictions on Interstate 79 at Exit 40 (Meadow Lands) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. There will also be single-lane closures on from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday. The closures will be in effect to allow crews to remove the concrete barriers, apply pavement markings in order to switch traffic back onto the mainline Interstate 79. Traffic will be switched over at 6 a.m. Friday. PennDOT officials also remind motorists to be alert for changing traffic patterns in all work zones.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Education, fun in store for budding artists, organizers say.
Young Pennsylvania students are invited to learn about aviation and express their creativity through the state Department of Transportation's Bureau of Aviation’s annual art contest. “One of Gov. Tom Corbett’s primary focuses is educating our future leaders to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Through this contest, our future transportation leaders can get a better understanding of the crucial role that this industry, which supports about 300,000 Pennsylvania jobs, plays in our overall transportation system.” This year’s contest theme—“50 Years of American Space Flight”—encourages students to learn more about aviation, from airplane development to flights into space. Entries will be judged in two …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Click on our interactive map to see where PennDOT road projects will slow your ride.
UPDATE From PennDOT: Work on the ramp connecting the Liberty Bridge (Route 3069) to northbound I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) has been canceled this weekend. The ramp will remain open. PennDOT is working hard to finish up several key projects as the road construction season winds down. There are six areas where it will be slow going this weekend. At the top of the list is the McKees Rocks Bridge, which will be closed from Friday night through Saturday evening. Click on our interactive map which shows which areas to avoid.