CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The third quarter edition of PennTRUX just hit mailboxes last week and the digital version is available to members here.
Production for the next issue is already underway. The goal of this issue, which is expected to be published in August, is to highlight the benefits of membership with the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.
PMTA would like to use this issue as an opportunity for trade members to showcase what they offer to the membership. If members have any programs or practices that they offer specifically to our members, to our members at a discounted rate, or with a kickback to PMTA, we would like to feature that in the magazine.
For more information on how to claim your spot in the magazine, please contact Brandon Moree.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that starting Monday, June 24, through November 27 the southbound Interstate 81 off-ramp at Exit 67A to eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230, Cameron Street in the City of Harrisburg, will be closed for bridge repairs in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.
The southbound I-81 ramp for Cameron Street at Exit 67A averages more than 3,500 vehicles traveled daily. PennDOT encourages travelers to seek alternate routes. The primary detour uses southbound I-81 to the George N. Wade Bridge over the Susquehanna River to Exit 65 for U.S. 11/15 and return northbound on I-81 to Exit 67A for eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230, Cameron Street in Harrisburg. However, many motorists may want to consider using Exit 67B to westbound U.S. 22/322 to Route 39 then return using eastbound U.S. 22/322, to eastbound U.S. 22 and Route 230 to Harrisburg or Exit 66 for Downtown Harrisburg and Front Street.
The $10,370,134 bridge preservation contract was awarded on April 24, 2019, to Deblin Inc. of Mechanicsburg Borough, Cumberland County, and includes repairs to three ramp bridges within the I-81 Exit 67 interchange with U.S. 22. Each of these steel I-beam bridges, the two bridges that carry portions of the southbound I-81 off-ramp to eastbound U.S. 22 and Cameron Street, and the 16-span flyover bridge that carries Cameron Street to southbound I-81, which will be repaired starting next spring, were built in 1977. The contractor will be replacing bridge expansion dams, repairing the concrete bridge decks and substructures, waterproofing the bridge decks with a latex-modified concrete overlay, painting the steel components of the bridge superstructures, and replacing the interchange highway lighting system.
Pennsylvania has some of the oldest bridges in the country, with their average age over 50 years. PennDOT inspects most state bridges at least once every two years. Based on inspection results or structural needs, PennDOT schedules bridge replacements or structural repairs to steel or concrete components.
Travelers are reminded to be alert for roadway construction operations, to obey work zone signs, and to slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones for their safety as well as for the safety of the road crews.
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.
Subscribe to PennDOT news in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties at www.penndot.gov/District8.
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 950 traffic cameras, 101 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.
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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CAMP HILL, Pa -- The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is excited to announce its designation of the exclusive publisher and advertising sales agent for the PMTA Buyers’ Guide — Overland Park, Kan.-based Strategic Value Media, a leading nationwide provider of print and digital media solutions to national, state and local trade and membership associations.
PMTA is proud to provide its members with this exclusive, easily accessible, year-round, valuable online resource that is expected to be first available this coming Winter.
The guide will offer access to a vast network of industry suppliers and PMTA is pleased to offer such a resource, which will greatly assist both members and nonmembers in making educated purchasing decisions throughout the year.
The guide will feature updated and expanded company and product listings, in addition to other valuable information relating to the trucking industry.
The guide will be accessible through the PMTA website at www.pmta.org. We encourage you to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to highlight your products and services. To learn more about advertising your products or services in the guide, please email email@example.com.
The Annual Membership Conference beginning next week has officially SOLD OUT. PMTA is looking forward to seeing those of you that registered at the event in State College. It promises to be one of the most informative and enjoyable conferences in the 91 year history of the event.
If you are still interested in attending the event and would like to be placed on the wait list or would like to attend the Fleet Safety Awards Breakfast Saturday morning, please call the office at 717-761-7122.
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Registration for the 2019 Annual Membership Conference will close on Wednesday, May 8 at the end of the business day.
The registration window will close before that should the conference sell out and currently there are just 10 spots remaining.
Registration for the golf outing will also close on Wednesday at the end of the day. To register for the winery tour, contact Kristi Gould or Brandon Moree.
To register for the conference, click here.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter hosted its annual Truck Driving Championships Tune-Up Drive on Sunday. Here are some of our favorite shots!
Photos courtesy of Wilson Black.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The 2019 Annual Membership Conference is just two weeks away and the final details are falling into place.
The list of speakers was finalized last week and this week, PMTA has finalized the raffle prizes that will be given away. PMTA has 10 raffle prizes to give away. The raffle is free to enter, everyone registered to attend the conference is eligible but must be present to win.
On Thursday, the first prize given out will be a 6-pack of bottles of wine from Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery. That prize will be awarded at the vineyard, so only attendees on the tour of Mount Nittany will be eligible for that prize. At the golf outing, PMTA will give away a Bluetooth speaker and a dozen Titleist ProV1 golf balls, only golfers registered for the event will be eligible.
To sign up for the vineyard and winery tour, email Kristi Gould or Brandon Moree. To sign up for the golf outing, click here.
The rest of the raffle items will be given away at reception times, breakfast on Friday and Saturday, break times and lunch on Friday and at the conclusion of the conference Saturday. Those items include a pair of gift baskets, a tool set and gift card from Lowe’s Home Improvement, headphones, a Fitbit, a Waterford Decanter Set, two tickets to Phillies at Pirates and two tickets to Billy Joel at Citizen Bank Park.
The only thing left to be finalized for this year’s conference is the guest list! Add your name today by registering here.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The lineup of speakers for the 2019 Annual Membership Conference has been finalized. PMTA is proud to announce this strong lineup of speakers and is looking forward to an entertaining and informative conference.
Friday morning will begin with the American Trucking Association’s Chairman Barry Pottle. Pottle is the CEO of Pottle’s Transportation which is based in Bangor, Maine and has a terminal in Allentown. In his time at the helm of the company it has grown from 11 trucks to more than 160 with more than 600 trailers.
Pottle will be joined by Elisabeth Barna who is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs for the American Trucking Associations. Barna rejoined the ATA is 2005 after eight years as the Director of Communications at the Motor Freight Carriers Association.
The founder and President of Vigillo, Steve Bryan, will also be speaking Friday morning. Bryan is a veteran technology leader who founded Vigillo in 2007 and currently employs a team of data scientists and software engineers specializing in Big Data within the commercial transportation and logistics industry.
James "Wiley" Deck, who is the Director of Government Affairs for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will also speak on Friday. He serves as the principal adviser to FMCSA leadership on all aspects of legislative affairs, Congressional relations and policy matters affecting Federal, State and local government.
Alan Karickhoff is a Research Analyst for the ATA. As a Research Analyst, he assists the Chief Economist manage all of ATA's collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. Karickhoff will speak Friday after lunch.
The final speakers of the day Friday will be a part of a panel discussion on driver retention. The discussion will be moderated by Doug Marcello of Marcello and Kivisto, LLC. Cinda Ball from Fundamental Labor Strategies, Matt Campbell from Nagle and Bill Bennett III from the ATA Road Team will all be a part of the panel.
On Saturday morning, Ross Tucker will give the keynote address. Tucker is a former NFL lineman and current radio host on Sirius XM. Tucker, a native of Wyomissing, Pa., played seven seasons in the National Football League as an offensive lineman after playing four years at Princeton University. He was a second-team all conference selection in 2000, a two-time Academic All-American and was named to the 2003 All-Joe Team by USA Today. He also held a CDL license and drove a truck for a time after being cut from an NFL team.
There is still time to register for the event, which runs May 16-18 at Toftrees Resort in State College. More information is available here.
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