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
Expect significant delays on I-95 southbound between Bruckner Interchange (Cross Bronx Expressway) and the start of the George Washington Bridge. Motorists are advised to expect up to a two-hour delay as two lanes are blocked due to an accident.
PA Turnpike Advises Motorists of Possible Delays in the Lehigh Tunnel
Night-time traffic paces planned for April 11 and 12.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) through the north and southbound Lehigh Tunnel that they may experience delays due to intermittent, 15-minute traffic stoppages scheduled between 11 p.m. on April 11 to 1 a.m. on April 12. The traffic stoppages, or paces, are necessary to allow crews to safely perform tunnel inspections and camera maintenance.
During each 15-minute stoppage, Turnpike maintenance will restrict Turnpike traffic to a speed of 20-25 miles an hour. Motorists in the area should be prepared for slow-moving and stopped traffic. Work schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions.
The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley, Exit 56, and Mahoning Valley, Exit 74, interchanges in Carbon County.
Message boards will be activated to update motorists of any changes to the schedule caused by inclement weather or unforeseen traffic conditions.
Motorists traveling on I-476 should stay alert when entering the tunnel and turn on their headlights. Drivers are also advised to slow down, keep an adequate distance from the vehicle ahead and never pass inside the tunnel. Customers who experience car trouble and cannot safely exit the tunnel should stay in the car, put on the hazard lights and wait for assistance. Tunnel personnel will monitor closed-circuit cameras and send help for disabled vehicles.
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Traffic Alert - Expect Major Delays through April 4 on Northbound I-81 near West Virginia State Line
Drivers and dispatchers should expect significant traffic delays through the Easter holiday weekend on northbound Interstate 81 in Frederick County due to emergency bridge work in West Virginia. The right lane of I-81 northbound is expected to be closed 24 hours a day through Wednesday, April 4, about three miles north of the Virginia/West Virginia state line.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, traffic was backed up about four miles into Frederick County, Virginia. VDOT anticipates that there will be significant congestion on Route 11 in the Winchester area, which parallels I-81, for the duration of the bridge work.
Northbound drivers should consider alternate routes including:
Interstate 66 or Route 7 to Route 340 northbound through Warren and Clarke counties;
I-81 exit 310 to Route 37 (Winchester bypass) to Route 522 northbound in Frederick County.
Variable message boards along the northbound I-81 and westbound I-66 corridors are warning drivers of the I-81 lane closure.
Virginia traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.
All Speed Restrictions have been lifted.
UPDATE: All Speed Restrictions and Commercial Vehicle bans have been lifted in Pennsylvania.
NYSDOT will lift all remaining restrictions as of 8pm tonight.
All remaining restrictions will be lifted at midnight tonight.
Due to the approaching inclement weather and possible deteriorating road conditions, expect a reduction in speed and restriction on specialty permitted vehicles and tandem trailers on The Massachusetts Turnpike Route 90. These restrictions are anticipated from early evening until tomorrow morning, please plan accordingly.
Turnpike Lifts Truck/Trailer and Speed Restrictions in Western, Central PA
All other Turnpike restrictions to be lifted at 10 p.m. and midnight.
HARRISBURG, PA (MARCH 21, 2018) — The PA Turnpike lifted additional truck/trailer and speed-limit restrictions on some sections of the Turnpike in western and central Pennsylvania at 8 p.m.:
· The truck/trailer ban was lifted on the east-west mainline (I-76) from the Breezewood Exit (No. 161) to the Harrisburg East Exit (No. 247).
· The 45 mph speed-limit restriction was lifted on the east-west mainline (I-70/76) from the New Stanton Exit (No. 75) to the Breezewood Exit (No. 161).
Truck/trailer and speed restrictions remain in place on other sections of the PA Turnpike east of the above-noted areas:
· The truck/trailer ban is still in place on east-west mainline (I-76 and I-276) from the Harrisburg East Exit (No. 247) east to the NJ line and on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476).
· The 45 mph speed-limit restriction is still in place on east-west mainline (I-76 and I-276) from the Breezewood Exit (No. 161) east to the NJ line and on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476).
The truck/trailer and speed restrictions will be lifted on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476) at 10 p.m. All remaining truck/trailer and speed restrictions on the Turnpike’s east-west mainline will be lifted at midnight.
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