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  • January 04, 2018 12:25 PM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    Governor Raimondo will be closing all RI interstates to all commercial vehicle traffic momentarily.  This is expected to remain in effect through this evening. Please inform your drivers accordingly.

  • January 04, 2018 9:21 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)
    U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, announced his intention Tuesday to  step down at the end of his term, ending a 17-year House career and a more  than four decades of a Shuster in the seat.
    Read the full story HERE.
  • January 04, 2018 9:17 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)
    With the Pennsylvania Turnpike ready to raise tolls for the 10th year in a  row Sunday, state Auditor General Eugene DePasqaule announced Wednesday  he’s beginning another audit of the agency to look at its debt and  contracting practices.
    Read the full story HERE.
  • January 02, 2018 1:08 PM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    Exit 7 of I-190 (the Skyway) has been closed in both directions until further notice due to high winds and low visibility from blowing snow.

    The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) will provide updates as they receive them.


  • January 02, 2018 9:50 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Eastern Service Center, Southern Service Center, Midwestern Service Center, and Western Service Center hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to anticipated home heating fuel shortage due to Winter Storm Frankie severe weather and the demand for increased usage. 

    Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

    This Emergency Declaration responds to emergency conditions created as a result of Winter Storm Frankie, including anticipated fuel shortages in the Affected States and jurisdictions, which will create a need for immediate transportation of propane and home heating oil and fuels, into and from the Affected States and jurisdictions and provide necessary relief.

    To read the full declaration, please click HERE.


  • December 19, 2017 9:46 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    On November 13, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule which will be effective January 1, 2018. 

    Here is a notice for transportation safety-sensitive employees regarding the opioids final rule https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/Part_40_DOT_Employee_Notice_2017.  


  • December 14, 2017 10:22 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    New Castle - (New Castle County) The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that lanes along both I-95 and I-495 northbound will be closed for patching beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 15 until 5 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017. At all times, one lane will remain open to traffic. This work was previously scheduled to begin on Friday, December 11; however, it was postponed as a result of the snowy conditions.

    This closure is necessary to patch the deteriorated concrete in the center lane of I-495 northbound  just past the split. Significant potholes have formed and have elicited complaints from motorists. There is concern that these potholes could worsen over the winter with multiple freeze and thaw cycles. With colder temperatures approaching, multiple crews will be working this weekend to repair the worst potholes. Due to the potholes being in the center lane, it is necessary to close two lanes for the safety of the workers.

    WHERE: I-95 northbound before the I-95 northbound/I-495 northbound spilt and I-495 northbound after the I-95/I-495 northbound split in Wilmington.

    For further information visit www.us301.deldot.gov, or contact DelDOT Community Relations at 302-760-2080.


  • December 08, 2017 9:02 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    The 2018 PA Turnpike E-ZPass, cash, & TOLL BY PLATE toll schedule is now available for viewing and planning on paturnpike.com. The new rates will go into effect Jan. 7, 2018.

    To view the full document, click here.

  • November 16, 2017 11:20 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    The Senate passed Senate Bill 251 yesterday by a vote of 46 to 3.

    • Senate Bill 251 (Vulakovich-R) amends Title 75 (Vehicles) to allow for the use of electronic speed meters or radar devices, including LIDAR, by any police officer in the Commonwealth upon completion of a training course approved by the Pennsylvania State Police and MPOETC.
      • Allows for any police officer, upon completion of training course approved by the PA State Police and the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission to use radar or LIDAR (infrared laser light devices). Specifically, this would allow for all municipal police forces, regardless of county class or full-time status, to utilize radar.
      • Requires periodic testing for accuracy of all devices.
      • Stipulates political subdivisions must adopt an ordinance authorizing employ of such devices before they may be used by law enforcement.
      • Requires official warning signs to be posted within 500 feet of the border indicating the use of radar.
      • Stipulates that during the first 90 days of use, police will only issue written warnings.  
      • Provides no person may be convicted upon evidence obtained through the use of an authorized device if the speed recorded is less than ten miles per hour in excess of the legal speed limit.
      • Outlines rules governing use of excess revenues (Excess sums shall be remitted to the Department of Revenue, deposited in the General Fund, and appropriated by the General Assembly to be used for traffic safety purposes).
      • Effective in 120 days.

    This legislation will now go to the House for its consideration.


  • November 06, 2017 9:50 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    TO: All Carriers Subject to Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Act

    FROM: UCR Board of Directors

    RE: UCR 2018 Registration Delayed Until Further Notice; Fees Likely to Drop

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    While we believe a new rule setting final fees is imminent, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board of Directors is delaying until further notice the start of the 2018 registration period while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes the rulemaking process for 2018 fees.

    Due to this unanticipated further delay, UCR is recommending to all states that the enforcement period for 2018 compliance not begin until 90 days after the final rulemaking is published.

    The fee levels being proposed are based on a recommendation submitted by UCR to the FMCSA in March 2017 to reduce fees for carriers at all levels by 9% in 2018.

    Until further notice, please do not submit any carrier fees or forms for the 2018 registration year (online or paper forms). If received prior to the final rulemaking, your fees and forms will be returned.

    Carriers should expect a further notice soon. We will continue to keep you updated as we become aware of relevant fee and registration information.


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