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  • 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.


  • October 11, 2017 10:40 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    10/11/2017-

    Applies to Residents' Access to Federal Facilities Through January 22, 2018

    Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through January 22, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through at least that date.

    This grace period goes into effect today, Wednesday, October 11, and applies to jurisdictions currently under compliance extensions set to expire yesterday, October 10. In addition to Pennsylvania, there are 27 total jurisdictions with extension requests still under review.

    PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is currently awaiting DHS response.

    The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities.

    There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018.

    PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer's option in March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020.

    Information on REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.dmv.pa.gov.


  • September 22, 2017 2:21 PM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    Temporary short-term traffic patterns will continue during night time hours (9PM-6AM).

    The merge lane from 83 North to 81 North will remain reduced to one lane with traffic shifted to the outside shoulder and the merge point shifted to the North starting on or after the week of October 1st.

    Both lanes of 81 Northbound traffic will be shifted towards the median onto temporary pavement for a short section. Lanes will shift back to their current configuration after the Paxtonia exit. These changes will take place starting on or after the week of October 1st. Traffic may still be reduced to one lane during nighttime hours (9PM-6AM).

    81 Southbound traffic will be opened to three lanes from North Mountain Road South to the 81/83 split on or after the week of October 1st• Traffic may still be reduced to one lane during nighttime hours (9PM-6AM).

    Traffic will remain shifted to the shoulders on both 81 South on ramps from North Mountain Road.

    The above dates are tentative and could be delayed depending on weather conditions impact on the project schedule.


  • September 11, 2017 8:35 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    PennDOT to Conduct I-83 Base Repair South of York

    Expect I-83 lane restrictions September 11-14 between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) advises motorists that Monday through Thursday, September 11-14, between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, its York County maintenance crews have scheduled roadway base repair on Interstate 83 between Exit 16 for Route 74, Queen Street in York Township and Exit 10 for Route 214 and Loganville in Springfield Township.

    PennDOT advises motorists that repairs will be conducted in the southbound lanes of I-83 on Monday and Tuesday, September 11-12, and in the northbound lanes of I-83 on Wednesday and Thursday, September 13-14.

    Sections of I-83 average between 23,200 and 27,700 vehicles traveled daily in each direction.

    For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

    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 825 traffic cameras, 94 of which are in the Midstate.

    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.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Crochunis, 717-705-2619, 717-418-5017 (cell)

    Source: PennDOT Engineering District 8


  • September 08, 2017 12:55 PM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    There will be periodic closure of US 301 at Strawberry Lane on Wednesday, September 13 between the hours of 6:00p.m. and 6:00a.m. to install five bridge beams for the new Strawberry Lane Bridge over US 301. 

    These periodic closures of US 301 will occur five separate times during the 12 hour period.  We anticipate each total closure of US 301 to take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and create significant traffic delays that could exceed one hour. 

    We are urging all motorists to avoid the area and take and alternate routes or postpone travel through this area if possible during these times. 

    If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact me directly utilizing the contact information provided below. 

    Kenneth L. Cimino    

    Public Outreach Coordinator
    US 301 Mainline Project
    Delaware Department of Transportation
    1050 Industrial Drive, Suite 200
    Middletown, Delaware 19709
    ken.cimino@state.de.us
    (302) 376-5600 Office
    (443) 567-3061 Mobile


  • September 01, 2017 10:47 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    FMCSA Declares Regional State of Emergency for 26 States

    To view full announcement, click the link below...

    https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/gmta.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/26_State_-_Regional_Declarat.pdf 

  • August 30, 2017 9:45 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    ENGINEERS ADOPT NEW METHODS TO REPLACE OLD BRIDGES

    Earlier this year, construction crews began work on two unique bridge-replacement projects at opposite ends of the PA Turnpike — one in Beaver County in western PA and another in Lehigh County in eastern PA. In the last two decades, the PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) has completed dozens of bridge-replacement projects to ensure the safety and integrity of these critical structures. What’s unique about these two bridges is how they are being designed and constructed. They are the first on the 552-mile toll-road system to be developed using a modern technique called Accelerated Bridge Construction, or ABC.

    Continue Reading HERE.

  • August 29, 2017 9:44 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, requires changes to state standards, procedures, and requirements for the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards if they are to be accepted as identity documents by the federal government. Have more questions? Get answers here → http://bit.ly/2vomNy4 #RealID

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  • August 29, 2017 9:30 AM | Kelly Houtz (Administrator)

    ATTENTION:

    Anyone who registers a heavy highway motor vehicle in their name with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more must file Form 2290 and pay the tax.

    The deadline to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax 2290 return is August 31, 2017!

    Go to  www.PMTA2290.com, to file fast and easy and get a PMTA member discount.  You will receive your watermarked Schedule 1 in approximately one hour via fax or email.

    It you need assistance, call Wendy Palermo at PMTA @717-761-7122 x113


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