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.
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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
YORK, Pa. – The 2019 Pennsylvania Truck Championships were held in at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York over the weekend and saw 128 of the state’s best drivers in action.
The drivers competed in a three-part competition that included a written test, a pre-trip exam and a driving course. The nine different classifications were straight truck, 3-axle, 4-axle, 5-axle, sleeper, tanker, flatbed, twins and step van.
Bryan Krol from Martin Brower was named grand champion of the competition after taking the top spot in the 5-axle division. His teammate Matthew Fletcher had the highest score on the written exam and also took first place in the 4-axle division. As a result, Martin Brower won the small team top prize.
FedEx Freight was named the top large team (five or more drivers) at the event.
The top three places in each class are listed below.
Small Team: Martin Brower
Large Team: FedEx Freight
Highest Written Test Score: Matthew Fletcher, Martin Brower
Highest Pre-Trip Score: Daniel Miller, FedEx Freight
Top Rookie: Jeff Johnson, FedEx Ground
Team Cooking Competition: Pitt Ohio
Each of the division winners punched their tickets to the National Truck Driving Championships which will be held in Pittsburgh this year. The NTDCs run August 14-17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
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