Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists to the closure of the I-81 rest areas in Dauphin County while the Department of General Services completes the demolition and rebuild of the facilities over the next year-and-a-half. Motorists will be prohibited from entering the ramps or parking areas of the northbound and southbound facilities until Summer 2021
The next rest area available for motorists traveling southbound is in Cumberland County at mile marker 38, just south of Carlisle. The next rest area available for motorists traveling northbound is in Luzerne County at mile marker 157, near Nuangola.
Information on the rest area closures will be posted on PennDOT’s permanent message boards and on signage along I-81. The closure information will also be broadcast on the Highway Advisory Radio System at 1640 on the AM dial. PennDOT thanks I-81 travelers for their patience during these inconvenient closures.
The Safety Management Council has decided to move the Annual Safety Day Conference from its date in March to October 31, 2019.
The event will take place at the Carlisle Expo Center
This conference will look forward to the major safety changes that are set for 2020 including the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and Entry Level Driver Training.
Dan Horvath from the ATA will provide a regulatory update. Tom Bray from JJ Keller is slated to discuss the new HOS proposal. David Yessen from FMCSA will cover the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and a law enforcement roundtable will wrap up the day as they talk about enforcement issues including Data Q and Crash Preventability study.
The $25 price of admission includes a barbecue lunch.
Reserve your spot today by clicking here.
Continuous, 55-hour closure Sept. 6 - 9 necessary for bridge demolition and replacement.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission warns of a continuous, 55-hour weekend closure planned between the Lehigh Valley Interchange, Exit 56, and the Mahoning Valley Interchange, Exit 74, on the PA Turnpike’s Northeastern Extension (I-476) from Sept. 6 to 9 for bridge work.
The roadway will be closed in both directions starting at 9 p.m. on Sept. 6 until 4 a.m. on Sept 9.
The lengthy closure is needed for crews to safely demolish the current bridge that carries the Turnpike over State Route 309 in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County at milepost A58.88 while replacing it with a new steel superstructure that will be installed.
The construction technique being used, Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), eliminates the need for months or years of single-lane traffic patterns and other motorist restrictions by closing that part of the roadway for a limited period over a weekend.
For 55 hours, the PA Turnpike will implement a detour of I-476 in both directions. State Route 309, located beneath the bridge, will also be closed between Chapmans Road and Snowdrift Road. Detour routes will be marked for through and local traffic. Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible, but if travelling in this region, drivers should pay close attention to the orange and black directional signs.
SOUTHBOUND DETOUR - LOCAL TRAFFIC:
Exit at Mahoning Valley Exit #74 and take U.S. Route 209 North to State Route 33 South (21.2 miles). Follow Route 33 South to U.S. Route 22 West (18.4 miles). Follow U.S. 22 West and reenter I-476 South at Lehigh Valley Interchange #56 (15.8 miles).
SOUTHBOUND DETOUR - THROUGH TRAFFIC:
Exit at Pocono Exit #95 and take Interstate 80 East to State Route 33 South (25.5 miles). Follow State Route 33 South to U.S. Route 22 West (23.6 miles). Follow U.S. Route 22 West and reenter I-476 South at Lehigh Valley Interchange Exit #56 (15.8 miles).
Exit at Lehigh Valley Exit #56 and take U.S. Route 22 East to State Route 33 North (16.5 miles). Follow State Route 33 North to Interstate 80 West (24.5 miles). Follow Interstate 80 West and reenter I-476 at Pocono Interchange Exit #95 (25.1 miles).
STATE ROUTE 309 DETOUR:
SR 309 will be closed at the Turnpike overpass between Chapmans Road and Snowdrift Road. Motorists will be directed to Route 22 and Route 100.
This bridge replacement is part of the accelerated bridge construction (ABC) program, which employs construction methods and materials in a safe, cost-effective way to reduce the time it takes compared to traditional bridge-replacement techniques. With ABC, traffic impacts occur over a single weekend instead of nine to 18 months of intermittent traffic disruptions.
The new superstructure, which has been under construction since 2018, is being built near the existing bridge. The 90-foot long bridge opened to traffic on April 1, 1957 and today carries roughly 30,000 vehicles per day, combined north/south.
Project details and detour maps are available at paturnpike.com/travel/accelerated_bridge_construction.aspx.
The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association has announced that the exclusive PMTA Buyers’ Guide — the premier online resource of relevant products and services for trucking professionals — is now available at the PMTA website at www.pmta.org and at www.patruckingbuyersguide.com.
PMTA partnered with Overland Park, Kan. based Strategic Value Media, a leading nationwide provider of print and digital media solutions for national, state and local trade and membership associations, to produce the Guide. PMTA is proud to provide its members with this useful and easily accessible year-round resource.
The comprehensive Guide offers access to a vast network of industry suppliers and PMTA is very pleased with the work SVM has done with this Guide. The response to this Guide by the industry has been outstanding.
The 2019 version of the Guide features updated and expanded company and product listings, in addition to other valuable information relating to the trucking industry. The Guide provides PMTA members and other industry professionals with an efficient way to browse for goods and services. The Guide also offers trucking suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group.
If your company or business has not yet taken advantage of this exceptional opportunity to highlight your products and services in the Guide, it is not too late! To learn more about advertising your products or services in this exclusive Guide, please email email@example.com.
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PITTSBURGH – The nine Pennsylvanians participating in the 2019 National Truck Driving Championships last week combined to bring home the Team Championship Trophy along with a few other pieces of hardware.
The champions from the PA Truck Driving Championships in June that participated in the nationals last week were: Robert Burnett (Step Van, FedEx Ground), Robert Dolan (XPO Logistics, Straight Truck), Andy Glock (A. Duie Pyle, 3-Axle), Matthew Fletcher (Martin Brower, 4-Axle), Bryan Krol (Martin Brower, 5-Axle), Brian Smeltzer (R.H. Crawford, Tanker), Terry Wood (Walmart, Sleeper), Zachary Eckenroth (FedEx Freight, Flatbed) and Eric Waybright (Walmart, Twins).
Three of those drivers advanced to the championship finals on Saturday where the top five drivers from each class competed for the top prize. Krol, Dolan and Wood each reached the finals.
Dolan and Wood each earned second-place finishes in their division. Dolan was also recognized with the highly-coveted Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence award.
Scott Woodrome from Middletown, Ohio representing team FedEx Freight, was named the Bendix Grand Champion for the second year in a row. He took top honors in the Twins division last week as well as being one of nine competitors to have a perfect score on the written exam.
ATA also recognized John Sanderson as the 2019 Rookie of the Year. Sanderson, representing FedEx Express from Oregon, claimed the title after an outstanding performance in the 3-axle division. To be a “rookie,” drivers must be first-time competitors at the state level who advanced to nationals. This year, there were 32 rookies competing at the National Truck Driving Championships. Sanderson was the only rookie who advanced to the championship round of competition.
Jason Imhoff of Walmart Transportation took home the Vehicle Condition Award for his outstanding performance during the pre-trip inspections.
The nine drivers with perfect scores on the exam were: Paul Brandon, Miguel Corral, Ina Daly, Brent Glasenapp, Julie Hjelle, Barry Kraemer, Jottyn Santos, Jimmie Wisley and Woodrome.
Nine drivers achieved perfect scores on the written exam phase of the championships and are receiving the Highest Written Exam Award for their efforts. The nine drivers were: Paul Brandon, Miguel Corral, Ina Daly, Brent Glasenapp, Julie Hjelle, Barry Kraemer, Jottyn Santos, Jimmie Wisley, and Scott Woodrome.
The National Truck Driving Championships are made possible by dozens of NTDC committee members and volunteers who judge the course, serve as liaisons to the drivers, conduct course walk-throughs and perform a number of other key tasks. As such, ATA and ATA’s Safety Management Council honor one volunteer each year with the Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award. This year’s Sam Gillette Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to James Wilcox.
ACT 1 served as a premier sponsor of the 2019 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.
Since 2011, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has been the sole sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.
ATA continues to develop relationships with key industry partners looking to promote the elite, dedicated drivers who lead the trucking workforce. As such, ATA thanks NTDC Corporate Sponsors AAA Cooper Transportation, ABF Freight System, Inc., FedEx, FedEx Express, FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., PITT OHIO, PrePass Safety Alliance, UPS Freight, and Walmart Transportation LLC. ATA also recognizes Bendix as the Grand Champion award sponsor and PrePass Safety Alliance as the Breakfast of Champions sponsor.
Champions from each of the 9 vehicle classes were also announced. Joining Woodrome on the list of national champions are:
1 Brian Walker UPS Freight North Carolina
2 Jeffrey Slaten YRC Freight Florida
3 John Sanderson FedEx Express Oregon
1 Adam Heim FedEx Freight Idaho
2 David Rohman FedEx Express North Carolina
3 James Plaxco Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. Oregon
1 David Hall ABF Freight Arkansas
2 Ina Daly XPO Logistics Arizona
3 Alphonso Lewis YRC Freight Alabama
1 Basher Pierce FedEx Freight North Carolina
2 Scott Osborne FedEx Freight Mississippi
3 Eric Flick FedEx Freight Nevada
1 Mike White Walmart Transportation, LLC Indiana
2 Terry Wood Walmart Transportation, LLC Pennsylvania
3 Michael Barnes Walmart Transportation, LLC Virginia
1 Jason Imhoff Walmart Transportation, LLC Ohio
2 Robert Dolan XPO Logistics Pennsylvania
3 Matthew Hart FedEx Freight Nevada
1 Paul Brandon FedEx Freight Connecticut
2 George Wells Shamrock Foods Company Arizona
3 Cecil Hicks FedEx Freight North Carolina
1 Scott Woodrome FedEx Freight Ohio
2 David Mogler FedEx Freight Colorado
3 Shannon Lynch United Parcel Service, Inc. Indiana
1 Adam Stroup FedEx Express Nebraska
2 Gregory Long FedEx Express Virginia
3 Eric Damon FedEx Express Colorado
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
“This proposed rule seeks to enhance safety by giving America’s commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining the safety limits on driving time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility—and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.
First adopted in 1937, FMCSA’s hours of service rules specify the permitted operating hours of commercial drivers. In 2018, FMCSA authored an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to receive public comment on portions of the HOS rules to alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our Nation’s highways and roads. In response, the Agency received more than 5,200 public comments.
Based on the detailed public comments, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service offers five key revisions to the existing HOS rules:
* The Agency proposes to increase safety and flexibility for the 30 minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes, and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on duty, not driving status, rather than off duty.
* The Agency proposes to modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.
* The Agency proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
* The Agency proposes to modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
* The Agency proposes a change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.
FMCSA’s proposal is crafted to improve safety on the Nation’s roadways. The proposed rule would not increase driving time and would continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute change in duty status.
In Addition, FMCSA’s proposed rule on hours of service regulations is estimated to provide $274 million in savings for the U.S. economy and American consumers. The trucking industry is a key component to the national economy—employing more than seven million people and moves 70 percent of the nation’s domestic freight.
The public comment period will be open for 45 days.
The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/regulations/hours-service/474821/nprmfile08-08-2019-131534.pdf.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is excited to announced that the 2020 PA Truck Driving Championships will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, Pa.
Kalahari is the largest indoor water park in the United States and promises fun for the entire family.
The 2020 competition will run June 12-13.
Rooms are available for registration now! Follow this link to book your room today: https://book.passkey.com/event/49973424/owner/49784154/home
Six-hour, overnight closure needed for emergency sign structure removal.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) will be closed tonight in both directions between the Pittsburgh Interchange, Exit #57, and the New Stanton Interchange, Exit #75 in Westmoreland County.
The closure will begin tonight at approximately 11 p.m. and area will re-open to traffic by 5 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. This closure is required for emergency sign structure removal at milepost 56.9.
Drivers should use the following suggested detours:
Alternate-route cards will be available to travelers exiting at the Pittsburgh and New Stanton Interchanges during the closure. Expect higher traffic volumes on detour roads during this time.
During this closure motorists will be able to enter the Turnpike at the Irwin Interchange, Exit #67, and travel east.
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