PennDOT to Close Westbound U.S. 22/322 in Perry County for Two Weeks to Address Rock Slope Area West of Newport
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that starting at 7:00 AM on Monday, March 11, its contractor will close the westbound lanes of U.S. 22/322 and implement a two-week detour to address an area of concern for falling rock just west of Newport Borough at the Howe-Greenwood Township Line in Perry County.
During a routine inspection earlier this month, PennDOT engineers noticed that this location showed significant changes. After further evaluation, the engineers determined that recent weathering of the slope has left several large sandstone blocks with weakened support. Taking the current freeze-thaw cycle into consideration as well as groundwater seepage, there is concern that rocks or portions of the slope may fall onto the highway.
PennDOT has contracted with the J.D. Eckman, Inc., of Atglen, Chester County, to conduct the safety improvement project. The work involves removing loose rock from the cliff face along a 1,000-foot portion of westbound U.S. 22/322 one mile west of the exit for Newport. This portion of westbound U.S. 22/322 averages more than 10,600 vehicles traveled daily.
PennDOT advises motorists that westbound U.S. 22/322 will be closed to through traffic for up to two weeks while the unstable rock is removed. Until then, a detour which follows Route 34, U.S. 11/15 to Liverpool Borough, and Route 17 (Sunbury Street) to Millerstown Borough is available for motorists.
PennDOT Preps for Rt. 283 Traffic Shift, Eastbound Reconstruction
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that on Wednesday night, March 13, weather permitting, its contractor will establish new eastbound traffic patterns through the Route 283 reconstruction project in south eastern Dauphin County. The reconstruction project covers six miles of Route 283 between the interchange with Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) and Interstate 283 and the Toll House Road interchange. This is a major reconstruction project for an important highway connection between Harrisburg and Lancaster that carries nearly 56,000 vehicles a day.
Route 283 reconstruction activities have continued through the winter months including daylight work on the I-283/Route 283 bridge, highway lighting, traffic signals, and erosion and sediment measures. Nighttime construction activities include overhead sign structure work, drainage pipe installation and concrete barrier placement. This work is performed at night because it requires traffic restrictions which are not permitted during daytime hours. Construction schedules change quite often this time of year due to inclement weather and cold temperatures.
Nighttime work is expected to continue more frequently and consistently as we move into the spring and should be expected each night, weather permitting, between March and November. Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations, to obey work zone signs, to use caution when driving through work zones, not only for their safety, but for the safety of the road crews.
Starting at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 13, the contractor will begin work to shift two lanes of eastbound traffic by maintaining a local lane and directing the other lane across the grass median to an Express Lane on the westbound roadway. As pavement markings are being placed, the contractor will begin installing temporary concrete barrier to separate the Express Lane from westbound motorists and the eastbound local lane from the work area. Motorists on the westbound side will be shifted first. This move will leave one lane of local traffic remaining on the eastbound roadway.
The Express Lane will have no access to the ramps for the Airport Connector, Union Street and Vine Street interchanges. The single lane of eastbound traffic on the eastbound roadway will provide access to and from the Airport Connector, Union Street, and Vine Street interchanges.
Please exercise caution when traveling through the work zone and pay attention to the signing and message boards identifying new traffic patterns. The speed limit on Route 283 will remain reduced from 65 miles-per-hour to 55 mph while the eastbound lanes are being reconstructed.
This work is part of an $89.4 million project being conducted by Hempt Bros., Inc. of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, to rebuild six miles of Route 283 as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Union Street, and Vine Street interchanges. Work began in the spring of 2017 with the rehabilitation of the three structures that carry Newberry Road, Union Street, and Vine Street over Route 283. Westbound Route 283 was rebuilt in 2018 and eastbound Route 283 will be reconstructed this year.
Additional structure work includes the superstructure replacement of three mainline bridges, five mainline bridge deck replacements and one new prefabricated retaining wall. The project also includes updated drainage and guiderail, signing and pavement markings, new highway lighting, and 12 new rain gardens to manage storm water. The overall project is scheduled for completion in 2020 when the final two-inch wearing course layer of Superpave asphalt will be paved in both directions of Route 283.
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.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is excited to announce Five Star International as the Platinum Sponsor for the 2019 Annual Membership Conference and Expo.
This year’s AMCE is set to begin on May 16 at Toftrees Resort in State College with a golf outing and dinner on that Thursday. Friday will be full of speakers, vendors and meals, including the Chairman’s Banquet that evening. The weekend will be capped off by a keynote speaker Saturday morning.
There are still sponsorship opportunities available for this year’s conference at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Contributor levels.
Gold sponsors will receive a complimentary single registration ($225 value), half off an exhibitor table, event signage, PMTA website recognition, a feature article in PennTRUX and logo placement on the attendee bag. Silver sponsors will receive event signage, PMTA website recognition, a free ½ page ad in PennTRUX and addition PennTRUX recognition. Bronze sponsors will receive event signage (name only, no logos) and website and PennTRUX recognition. Contributing sponsors will receive name recognition on the PMTA website.
Our exhibitor packages are $1,000 for members and $1,500 for non-members and that reserves a six-foot table and two chairs in our expo hall that comes fully equipped with electricity and wifi. That price also includes registration for the full conference. Exhibitors will also receive name recognition on the PMTA website and the opportunity to select a branded gift to be given to all attendees in our attendee gift bag.
To claim your place as a sponsor at this year’s event or just for more information, click here.
More on Five Star International
Five Star International Trucks, Inc. was formed by Peter F. Scheler in 1974 in Erie, PA, where the company quickly became the premier transportation solutions provider in Northwestern Pennsylvania. After numerous expansions and improvements, Five Star received one of the highest honors given to International truck dealers, the Circle of Excellence award. This became a string of consecutive awards offered by Navistar.
In September of 1997, Five Star International, LLC was formed as a Limited Liability Company owned by Peter F. Scheler and his sons Frederick P. Scheler and John A. Scheler. This LLC would embrace the opportunity to purchase assets of the former International Dealer in Harrisburg, PA.
The formation of Five Star International, LLC led to a multitude of acquisitions and dealer enhancements. By July of 2006, Five Star would cover the majority of Pennsylvania with seven locations: Erie, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Reading, Williamsport, and York. Five Star would partner with numerous affiliates, including Idealease, Isuzu, Workhorse, and Continental Mixer; parts would grow to become the largest International Parts Department in the Northeast; and Five Star would strive to be the most customer-focused, innovative commercial truck dealership in North America.
Today, Five Star International, LLC remains a family-owned and operated business with day-to-day operations run by Fred Scheler and John Scheler. Despite our rapid growth, the Scheler Family takes an active, hands-on approach to business, personally maintaining premium customer service and a positive environment throughout the company. Five Star now has more than 250 team members who are also dedicated to taking care of customers and making them strong and profitable by running the best trucks with the best support behind them.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has issued another round of commercial vehicle bans ahead of the forecasted winter weather on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
At 6:00 AM Wednesday, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.
Also at 6:00 AM Wednesday, on I-80 from I-79 to the I-99 interchange and on the Turnpike from New Stanton (exit 75) east to Carlisle (exit 226), the following vehicles will be prohibited:
At noon on Wednesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:
Please follow PMTA on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute updates on these restrictions.
When: March 19, 2019 beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Where: The Mack Customer Center in Allentown
2402 Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, PA 18103
Who: All members and nonmembers are welcome
What: Presentations from Ken Morder, PMTA Safety Director and Shane Philipps, Compliance and Enforcement Specialist, Dept. of Agriculture.
Morder will present an update on new regulations in 2019, news from Capitol Hill, new ELD mandates due this year, HOS, and will hold a Q&A session.
Philipps will address the Spotted Lanternfly situation in Pennsylvania and the new permit system that will take effect May 1, 2019.
Breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m.
There is no cost for the event, but we ask that you please register by clicking here.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association is hosting its annual sporting clay shoot on Sunday, April 7 at the Carlisle Fish and Game Association.
Registration forms are available here.
The initial cost for the clay shooting competition is $75 per person with the option for a $40 reshoot. In the morning, there will be the opportunity for skeet and wobble shooting for an additional cost of $20 each.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and will open at 11 for trap field and wobble. Lunch, which is included in the registration fee, will begin at 11:45. After a safety meeting at 12:45 p.m., the clay shoot competition will begin with the reshoot at 2:30.
Teams will consist of six shooters but if an individual does not have a full team, they will be placed on one.
Eye and ear protection are required and ammunition will not be provided.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event as well and start as low as $100 for a station sponsorship. PMTA is also looking for lunch and award sponsors.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the PMTA Government Relations Fund which helps defray the lobbying and lobbying related expenses the association incurs. Payment from incorporated and unincorporated businesses as well as personal checks will be accepted.
CAMP HILL, Pa. – According to the American Transportation Research Institute there are more than 304,000 trucking industry jobs in Pennsylvania, representing one out of every 17 jobs in the commonwealth.
The average annual salary in those jobs is $49,808 – based on 2017 figures -- meaning that the total trucking industry wages paid in Pennsylvania exceeded $15.1 billion. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers held 80,810 jobs with an average annual salary of $46,150. Additionally, there are 31,560 trucking companies in the commonwealth.
Those trucks are responsible for moving 86 percent of the total manufactured tonnage that is transported in the state: more than half a million tons per day.
“The men and women in the trucking industry continue to drive Pennsylvania’s economy by delivering essential goods and services to our communities,” PMTA President and CEO Kevin Stewart said.
There are 120,446 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania but truck drivers logged more than 9 billion miles on those roads in 2016, representing just nine percent of the miles driven by all motorists.
As of April 2018, a typical five-axle tractor-semi-trailer combination paid $13,947 in state highway user fees and taxes and $8,906 in federal highway user fees and taxes. These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in Pennsylvania. The trucking industry in Pennsylvania paid approximately $1.9 billion in federal and state roadway taxes in 2016.
That means that the industry paid 39 percent of all taxes owed by Pennsylvania motorist despite representing just nine percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The 2019 Annual Membership Conference and Expo is slated to begin on May 16 at Toftrees Resort in State College.
This year's event will be filled with great speakers, discussions, vendors, food and entertainment.
On Friday, Steve Bryan will be one of our speakers. As Founder and President of Vigillo, a SambaSafety company, Bryan and the Vigillo team brings over 200 years of experience in the areas of statistics, software development, risk management and compliance.
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.
Prior to founding Vigillo in 2007, Steve combined his legal and business experience to lead five software start-ups and emerging companies to successful exits. Earlier in his career, he worked as a District Manager for Dow Jones & Co. and served for six years in the United States Army as a Maintenance Sergeant.
Bryan earned a Masters of Business Administration, JD and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Willamette University.
Secure your spot at this year's AMC today by registering here.
Arlington, Va. – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.
The 2019 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system. The analysis, based on truck GPS data from nearly 1 million heavy duty trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. ATRI’s truck GPS data is used to support the USDOT’s freight mobility initiatives. The locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations.
“Congestion is a persistent issue for our industry and our company specifically,” said Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight. “For UPS, if all of our vehicles are delayed just five minutes a day, every day, it costs our company $114 million a year. In order to combat congestion, many companies must plan operational redundancies to meet their customer needs. Using data like ATRI’s bottleneck report can help both companies and elected officials to make more informed decisions.”
For the first time since 2014, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is back on top as the Number One freight bottleneck in the country. The rest of the Top 10 includes:
There are five locations in Pennsylvania on the list, which is up from just two a year ago. Three of those bottlenecks are in Philadelphia and two are in the Harrisburg area.
In Philadelphia, the bottleneck at I-76 at I-676 landed at number 51 last year but has moved up to 38 in 2019. The average speed is just 30.4 MPH, down 5.66 percent from last year.
I-476 at I-95 in Philadelphia was the only other location in Pennsylvania on the 2018 top-100 and it was just barely in the top-100 at 97. This year, it has moved up to 63 on the list and saw a decrease of average speed of 1.66 percent.
I-81 at I-83 in Harrisburg sits at number 62 on the top-100 this year with an average speed of 51.1; representing a decrease from last year of more than six percent.
I-76 at I-476 in Philadelphia appears in the 77th spot on the list and RT 581 at I-83 in Harrisburg is in the 92nd spot.
For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website by clicking here.
Harrisburg, PA – Due to potential snowfall and anticipated sleet or freezing rain along with balancing needs for goods movement, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are implementing phased restrictions through the storm. Depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced. See a map of planned restrictions at www.penndot.gov, and when restrictions are effective, they can be viewed at www.511PA.com.
At midnight tonight, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and on I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike. Also at midnight, from New Stanton east to Carlisle, the Turnpike will prohibit:
At 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will implement a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) on the following roadways:
Also at 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:
A 45-mph speed restriction will be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those time frames and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.
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