Critical Infrastructure Partners:
You are invited to attend a Critical Infrastructure Stakeholder Call concerning storms in the Atlantic and Pacific impacting the U.S., hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) & FEMA Office of Response and Recovery, Private Sector Division. The teleconference will include an overview of the weather situation, brief updates from the FEMA and NPPD Regions, and will conclude with an open forum for questions and information sharing. The agenda will follow.
Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Time: 3:00 pm EDT
Dial-In #: 1-888-877-0354
The Conference line will open 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the call.
Critical Infrastructure partners are also invited to access the information dashboards via the following links:
Atlantic Dashboard : https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nbeocatlantic
Pacific Dashboard: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nbeocpacific
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center at 202-282-9201 or NICC@hq.dhs.gov.
NICC Watch Operations
Department of Homeland Security
Central Florida Expressway Authority to be first in Florida to accept E-ZPass
The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) and the E-ZPass Group, a network of toll road agencies operating from Maine to North Carolina and west through Illinois, announced today that E-ZPass will be accepted on CFX’s Metro Orlando toll roads starting Sept. 1. In a move to further their commitment to toll interoperability, CFX is the first and only Florida toll agency to join the E-ZPass network bringing the total number of states served by E-ZPass to 17.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission manages nearly 2.3 million E-ZPass accounts with 3.1 million transponders in circulation. Today, 82 percent of all PA Turnpike transactions are paid with E-ZPass.
CFX’s Governing Board approved an agreement with the E-ZPass group in fall 2017 that laid the groundwork for the two agencies to improve the travel experience for E-ZPass customers visiting the Orlando area. With the addition of CFX to the E-ZPass Group, E-ZPass customers can use the transponder they already own on CFX’s 118-mile toll system. Toll roads in Central Florida where E-ZPass is accepted are outlined on the below map.
The more than 35 million E-ZPass users can now drive in Metro Orlando and avoid having to fumble for change at CFX toll gantries. E-ZPass account holders will be billed for CFX tolls through their E-ZPass accounts with no extra fees or charges.
“Our customers wanted portability to the Sunshine State, and now they have it in Metro Orlando, the number-one tourist destination in the U.S.,” said E-ZPass Group Executive Director PJ Wilkins. “There is no pre-registration required since customers are already enrolled. Just don’t forget to take your E-ZPass transponder when planning to travel CFX roads!”
Almost half of Florida’s domestic visitors come from E-ZPass states, with about 50 percent traveling by car. The partnership between CFX and E-ZPass simplifies the travel experience for visitors equipped with an E-ZPass transponder in their vehicle. The launch of the partnership between E-PASS and E-ZPass comes ahead of the peak season when millions of visitors head to Orlando in search of warmth during the cold winter months.
“Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States, so whether traveling here for business or pleasure, we want our visitors to have the same experience that residents enjoy year-round,” said CFX Executive Director Laura Kelley. “The launch of our partnership with E-ZPass makes driving in Orlando a safe, convenient choice for drivers.”
E-ZPass is accepted on tolled roads operated by a network of toll agencies in 17 states and will work as payment on CFX toll roads in Central Florida marked with both E-PASS and E-ZPass logos.
E-ZPass does not capture tolls on roads outside of its network. E-ZPass customers traveling out of network on roads operated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise under the SunPass brand will be invoiced for tolls via Florida’s Toll-By-Plate program.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) remind motorists traveling the PA Turnpike (I-76) this weekend, both eastbound and westbound in Dauphin and Lebanon counties, that detours will be in effect between Exit 247 (Harrisburg East) and Exit 266 (Lebanon-Lancaster). The closures will occur from 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 to 4:00 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 26.
The weekend detours are needed to safely remove the existing bridge beams and then to install new bridge beams at milepost 251. This work is being done as part of PennDOT’s SR 283 project. With SR 283 divided, the local lanes will have rolling stoppages throughout this timeframe.
Detours are as follows:
Message boards will be activated to alert motorists of any delays. Motorists are advised to check one of these resources to learn about PA Turnpike road conditions and traffic alerts:
ON THE PA TURNPIKE
· Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike
· Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)
· Turnpike Roadway Information Program (toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)
· Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414 (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
ON THE WEB
· TRIPTalk — free, travel-alert smartphone app; download athttps://www.paturnpike.com/travel/trip_talk.aspx
· Travel Conditions Map — live, interactive conditions map; view athttps://www.paturnpike.com/webmap
· Waze — a crowd-sourced navigation app that provides real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers; download at https://www.waze.com
Harrisburg, PA – A pavement repair operation to replace concrete pavement on northbound Interstate 81 in the vicinity of the Pennsylvania Welcome Center just north of the Maryland state line will have a major impact on northbound I-81 traffic this weekend, August 24 to 27. The northbound lanes will be closed starting at around 9 PM on Friday night so that construction crews can remove damaged concrete slabs and replace them with new concrete and resurface with a blacktop overlay. The northbound lanes should reopen by 6 AM on Monday, August 27, if not sooner. This portion of I-81 is located in Antrim Township, Franklin County.
This work originally had been scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 17-20, but the forecast of rain postponed it to this weekend.
There are three approaches to traffic control for northbound traffic over this weekend:
The repair work will be conducted for PennDOT by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania.
Motorists can also check traffic conditions on nearly 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 850 traffic cameras. 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.
Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAHarrisburg.
Great news! Route 15 Open at CSVT Interchange near Winfield
Montoursville, PA – Route 15 is now open to traffic in both directions at the scene of the crane crash that closed the road between Route 304 in Winfield, Union County and Route 11 in Monroe Township, Snyder County.
The left (passing) lane of Route 15 southbound is now open. Both lanes of Route 15 northbound opened earlier this morning.
The right (driving) lane of Route 15 southbound is expected to remain closed for the next several weeks.
Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the area.
The section of Route 15 in Union County closed since Wednesday night when a 74-ton steel girder fell across it at a bridge construction site is expected to be reopened sometime Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says. Until Route 15 between Winfield and Shamokin Dam is reopened, PennDOT is using separate detours for north and southbound traffic.
Northbound traffic south of Selinsgrove is being directed to follow Routes 35, 104 and 45 into Lewisburg.
The detour for northbound motorist in Selinsgrove and beyond is Route 61 into Sunbury then Routes 11, 54 and Interstate80 back to Route 15 in the Milton area.
The detour for southbound traffic follows Route 304, 204, 522, Market Street in Selinsgrove and Route 35 back to Route 15.
Update as of 8/16/18 at 2:00 pm: This project is being postponed due to anticipated rain in tomorrow's forecast. PennDot will attempt to begin the work next Friday, 8/24. Again, please stay tuned to www.511pa.com for updates.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Beginning tomorrow night (8/17) at 9pm, PennDot will be shutting down I81 at the Welcome Center, mile marker 1.2, to proactively repair a potential sink hole. This closure is expected to cause major delays. The repair should take approximately 30 hours, but depending on the degree of damage to the roadway, could last throughout the weekend. Please check www.511pa.com for additional updates and information.
Full I-95 Traffic Stops Planned Next Week at Thornburg in Spotsylvania County
Overnight full traffic stops are scheduled on two evenings next week to continue work on the new Mudd Tavern Road overpass bridge on I-95. Northbound I-95 traffic will be stopped overnight on Wednesday, June 27, and southbound I-95 traffic will be stopped on Thursday, June 28. I-95 travelers are encouraged to use Route 1 or Route 301 to avoid delays overnight.
During the traffic stops, interstate traffic will be detoured to the Exit 118 off-ramp, directed across Mudd Tavern Road and guided back to the interstate. Message boards on I-95 and Route 1 will provide advance notice of lane closures and detour routes. Traffic signals along these routes are timed to accommodate increased traffic volumes. Virginia State Police will be assisting with traffic control in the work zone.
Weather permitting, lane closures have been scheduled at the following dates and times:
Wednesday, June 27 - I-95 Northbound
· Double lane closure begins at 9:30 p.m.
· Between midnight and 5 a.m., all I-95 northbound traffic will be detoured to take the Exit 118/Thornburg off-ramp, directed across Mudd Tavern Road and back to the on-ramp.
· All lanes re-open to traffic by 5 a.m.
· All lanes of I-95 southbound remain open on this evening.
Thursday, June 28 - I-95 Southbound
· Between midnight and 5 a.m., all I-95 southbound traffic will be detoured to take the Exit 118/Thornburg off-ramp, directed across Mudd Tavern Road and back to the on-ramp.
· All lanes re-open to traffic by 5 a.m.
· All lanes of I-95 northbound remain open on this evening.
If work is postponed on the evenings of Wednesday, June 27 or Thursday, June 28 due to inclement weather, the work zone and traffic stops will be rescheduled to occur overnight on Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2.
Local drivers should anticipate alternating, one-way traffic and flagging operations on Mudd Tavern Road during both nights. Local traffic will be able to access I-95. To avoid delays, drivers may use Exit 110/Ladysmith or Exit 126/Massaponax to enter or exit I-95 during the overnight hours. For additional information, please visit the project page.
Wolf Administration Opens First Driving PA Forward Grant Eligibility
PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program will be first to disburse funds from Volkswagen settlement
HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will begin accepting grant applications to replace, repower, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered trucks, buses and other vehicles and equipment under the Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant program. A portion of the funds available for the grants will be from the recently announced $118 million settlement from Volkswagen. Applications will be accepted beginning on May 19, 2018.
“We’re excited to be able to use settlement funds to strengthen this already successful grant program, and to kick off the first of our grant programs under Governor Wolf’s ‘Driving PA Forward’ initiative” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
Grants are available to both public and private entities, including school districts, local governments, and non-profit organizations.
“Whether it is a school district upgrading their school bus fleet or a private company repowering their delivery trucks, projects under the Clean Diesel grant program lead to cleaner air and lower emissions,” said McDonnell.
The application package, including guidance and application instructions, is available electronically on the DEP's Driving PA Forward webpage at www.dep.pa.gov/drivepaforward. The application package is also available by contacting Samantha Harmon at the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, 12th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-9495.
DEP will accept online applications until 4:00 PM on July 6, 2018. A webinar on the Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program will be held on June 6, 2018. See the program guidelines for registration information. Fax and email submissions of applications will not be accepted.
For more details on the Driving PA Forward program, please visit: www.dep.pa.gov/drivepaforward
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