Friday, November 2, 2012
The measure comes in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Because of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy across the state, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch has authorized an extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver's licenses, identification cards and vehicle inspections/registrations. Oct. 31 expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections have been extended until Nov. 15—as have expiration dates between Oct. 26 and Nov. 15 for driver's licenses and identification cards. These extensions apply for customers statewide.
Friday, October 19, 2012
In addition to several roads and ramps, the inbound Squirrel Hill tunnel will be closed all weekend long.
PennDOT is working hard to finish up several key construction projects before the weather turns nasty. There are six key projects going on this weekend, including a few which will continue for weeks to come. The one with the biggest impact is the closing of the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnels Friday night through Monday morning. We've got a map to show you which areas to avoid, along with links to more information about the individual projects. Good luck!
Friday, October 5, 2012
The restrictions go into place on Monday. Here's what you need to know.
The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists that they will encounter changing traffic patterns on both north and south-bound Interstate 79 between Houston and Southpointe. The restrictions commence on Monday and will last through Thursday, Oct. 11. Single-lane restrictions will be in place nightly between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Here's what you need to know to get around Washington County this week.
The state Department of Transportation announced the following tentative work plan for this week. Motorists are advised that all maintenance activities are conducted on a weather-permitting basis—and PennDOT asks that they drive with caution throughout all work areas and be alert for signed work zones requiring the usage of headlights. Here is what to expect across the county this week: Street PENNDOT has a 24-hour toll free number for residents to call to report any road maintenance concerns. This number can also be utilized to report locations of dead deer on state highways. The number is 1-800-FIX ROAD (1-800-349-7623).
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In order to get the state-issued Voter ID card, an individual need only give his or her name, date of birth, social security number and address. The Voter ID will be given at the PennDOT licensing center the same day.
State officials announced Tuesday that all voters can choose to receive either secure PennDOT photo IDs or Department of State voting-only ID cards when visiting a PennDOT driver’s license center. In order to get the state-issued Voter ID card, an individual need only give his or her name, date of birth, Social Security number and address. Proof of residence is not required. PennDOT will then confirm with the Department of State that the applicant is a registered voter while the person is at the driver license center. The applicant will get a DOS voter ID card once the information is confirmed. If an applicant’s voter registration or information cannot be confirmed while at PennDOT, then the Department of State will mail the voter ID card …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Here's what you need to know about what the state Department of Transportation is doing in the county this week.
When you're traveling Washington County roads this week, you may encounter some road work by the state Department of Transportation. Wondering where? No worries. We have you covered. Here's what you need to know this week: PennDOT reminds motorists that all maintenance activities are conducted on a weather-permitting basis. Motorists are asked drive with caution throughout all work areas and be alert for signed work zones requiring the usage of headlights. Just as a reminder, PennDOT has a 24-hour toll free number for residents to call to report any road maintenance concern. This number can also be used to report locations of dead deer on state highways. The number is 1-800-FIX ROAD.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
A PA House bill would mirror the state's new texting ban with regard to enforcement and penalties.
State Reps. William C. Kortz II and Martin Michael Schmotzer appeared at a news conference this past week at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in support of legislation that would ban Pennsylvania drivers from talking on hand-held cellphones while driving. Their bill would mirror the state's new texting ban with regard to enforcement and penalties. The use of a hand-held cell phone while driving would become a primary offense with a $50 fine, or a $100 fine if driving in a school zone, work zone or highway safety corridor. Exceptions to the ban would include drivers using GPS devices, when their vehicles are stopped due to traffic obstructions and when initiating phone calls. The bill would also require the Pennsylvania Department …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
There will be periodic lane closures in both directions of Interstate 79 near the Bridgeville exit Tuesday.
Peters Township commuters, do you travel in this direction? There will be periodic lane closures in both directions of Interstate 79 near the Bridgeville exit on Tuesday. PennDOT announced the single-lane closures at varying times from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while crews inspect the bridge near Exit 54. The bridge carries traffic over the Chartiers Creek between Bridgeville and South Fayette Township. PennDOT officials said the lane closures on both sides will not be done simultaneously so as to ease the traffic flow. However, PennDOT is urging motorists to use caution and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area. Follow Peters Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Check it out—here's how.
PennDOT’s newly launched Facebook page gives Pennsylvanians even more ways to interact with the agency and find valuable transportation news and tips. “As social media becomes more popular with our customers, they rightfully expect that they can find information in ways they’re used to receiving it,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “We’re pleased to now have another way that we can communicate with Pennsylvanians and transportation stakeholders.” The new PennDOT Facebook page features: “We encourage Pennsylvanians and others who travel in our state to visit our Facebook page and provide comments, ask questions or even share concerns,” Schoch said. “We take our mission seriously and that includes ensuring people can find out about …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Here's what you need to know about the upcoming partial closure of the Houston/Eighty-Four exit on Interstate 79.
The state Department of Transportation has announced that the northbound ramps of the Houston/Eighty-Four exit of Interstate 79 will be closed for several days next month so that paving work can be completed there. The northbound Exit 43 off ramp to state Route 519 and the northbound on ramp to I-79 north will be closed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Sept. 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20. The following detours will be in place: Detour for Interstate 79 Northbound to state Route 519 Northbound or Southbound. Detour for state Route 519 Northbound or Southsound to Interstate 79 Northbound. Follow Peters Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter.