PennDOT Lifts Restrictions on Interstate 81 in South Central Pennsylvania
Harrisburg -- With winter weather diminished in south central Pennsylvania, PennDOT has lifted the restrictions on certain commercial traffic on the southern section of Interstate 81.
The restriction was lifted as of 2:30 PM for Interstate 81 between the Maryland line and Interstate 83 in Harrisburg.
The purpose of the restriction was to help ensure the interstate remained open during the winter storm. When conditions improved, PennDOT lifted the travel restrictions for this portion of Interstate 81. The restrictions remain in effect for Interstate 81 north of Interstate 83 to the New York State line.
The types of vehicles covered by the restriction were:
TRAVEL RESTRICTION UPDATE: PennDOT imposed roadway restrictions continue for CDL sized empty straight trucks, Twin Trailer combination vehicles, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:
Interstate 78 from the junction with Interstate 81 in Lebanon County to the New Jersey line.
I-80 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New Jersey line.
I-81 from I-83 to the New York State line.
All commercial vehicles are banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania.
Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered on these routes.
PA Turnpike Widens Truck/Trailer Ban to East-West Mainline
Empty, double tractor trailers banned from Harrisburg East to N.J.
MIDDLETOWN, PA (MARCH 6, 2018) — Due to the incoming winter storm, the PA Turnpike has announced that it will widen tomorrow’s ban of certain types of trucks and trailers that was announced earlier today.
Beginning at midnight on Tuesday, the PA Turnpike will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles on the entire 111-mile Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) from Mid-County (No. 20) to Clarks Summit (No. 131) and on a 112-mile section of the east-west mainline (Interstate 76 and 276) from Harrisburg East (No. 247) east to the Delaware River Bridge (No. 359).
If warranted, restrictions will remain in place through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered.
PennDOT has awarded a contract to James J. Anderson Construction Company Inc. of Philadelphia to rebuild and improve 1.5 miles of southbound Interstate 95 between Allegheny Avenue and Columbia Avenue. The project also includes replacement of the mile-long I-95 southbound viaduct and the associated southbound ramps at Girard Avenue.
Construction is expected to begin in early spring. Initial activities will include construction of foundations for new piers that will support the new southbound viaduct between Ann Street in Port Richmond and Palmer Street in Fishtown.
Early work also will take place at the southbound side of the Girard Avenue Interchange.
Removal and reconstruction of the existing southbound viaduct, as well as construction to replace and improve the at-grade southbound lanes between Allegheny Avenue and Ann Street, is expected to begin in late 2018 once the new northbound viaduct is completed.
Once the new northbound viaduct is completed this fall, PennDOT will shift three southbound lanes onto the new northbound lanes from Allegheny Avenue to the new stretch of highway south of Columbia Avenue, which was widened and reconstructed under the $39.3 million Section GR2 project that finished in 2016.
The southbound off-ramp at Girard Avenue also will be closed at that time for approximately two years to complete reconstruction from the interchange north. The on-ramp from Aramingo Avenue to southbound I-95 at the Girard Avenue Interchange will remain during its reconstruction.
During the off-ramp closure, southbound I-95 traffic normally exiting at Girard Avenue will be directed to exit at Allegheny Avenue and follow the detour to southbound Richmond Street back to the Girard Avenue Interchange area.
The Section GR4 contact will also construct sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95. Among those features are a multi-use trail; low-maintenance landscaping; urban storm water management devices; enhanced public spaces; LED street and understructure lighting; and thematic formliners for decorative treatment of bridge and abutment walls.
PennDOT engineers and planners worked with the I-95 Sustainable Action Committee and representatives from the adjacent community to include these quality-of-life enhancements in the reconstruction of I-95.
Other improvements include the relocation of Aramingo Avenue between Delaware Avenue/Richmond Street and Cumberland Street; construction of three retaining walls to support embankments within the interchange area; installation of noise barrier walls along southbound I-95 from Indiana Avenue to Palmer Street and along southbound Aramingo Avenue from Norris Street to the southbound onramp; and installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices, including travel time readers, traffic cameras and dynamic message signs along I-95, U.S. 1 and U.S. 322 to assist PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia with traffic and incident management.
Construction of I-95 Section GR4 will take approximately four years to complete.
The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) advises that gas and diesel fuel will not be available at the Sideling Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County, eastbound and westbound, from 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 through 5 p.m. Friday, March 2.
“We are replacing the underground components of the plaza’s fuel pumps and will need this five-day period for safe installation and proper testing,” said Turnpike Facilities Director Jack Christensen. “We greatly regret this inconvenience to our customers and are advising motorists to plan accordingly.”
Motorists should not stop for fuel at Sideling Hill during this period but should travel onto the next service plazas. All other services will be available. The plaza’s fuel pumps will be operational for the weekend of March 3.
For more information on Turnpike service plazas click here: https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/service_plazas.aspx
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MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl DeFebo, 717-831-7176 or Rosanne Placey, (717) 831-7507
To read the full extension document, click HERE.
America’s Big Game, Delivered by Trucks
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota – With America’s biggest game of the year headed to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend, millions of Americans are already planning their gameday parties. While planning the menu, have you thought about how all those classic football foods get to your table? The answer is simple: trucks.
To illustrate just how big of an impact the trucking industry has on the big game, the Minnesota Trucking Association and American Trucking Associations created an infographic to show the role trucking will play in delivering perhaps one of most important parts of the game… the snacks. On February 4, Americans will consume over 100 truckloads of popcorn, 350 truckloads of potato chips, 668 truckloads of avocados, 1,562 truckloads of chicken wings, and over 36,166 truckloads of beer. That’s a lot of food!
While the food and drinks are arguably one of the best parts of the big game, trucking also plays a vital role in delivering products that impact every part of the big game. In addition to the thousands of truckloads of construction materials it took to build U.S. Bank Stadium, trucks will deliver everything from sports equipment, production equipment, paper products, fuel to get everyone to the game, and much more! Not to mention all the truckloads of materials for the events and experiences leading up to the big game across the Twin Cities.
So, when you sit down to watch football on February 4, take a minute to think about all the trucks it took to deliver America’s biggest game.
If you’ve got it, a truck brought it!
The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) is a non-profit trade association representing 650 member-trucking companies and allied firms from across the state. Its mission is to serve as the voice for a safe and successful Minnesota trucking industry. It does so by developing innovative and research-based policies that promote highway safety, educating policymakers and the public about the essential role that trucking plays in the economy, and promoting responsible policies that advance the trucking industry’s environmental goals. The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) is a non-profit trade association representing 650 member-trucking companies and allied firms from across the state. Its mission is to serve as the voice for a safe and successful Minnesota trucking industry. It does so by developing innovative and research-based policies that promote highway safety, educating policymakers and the public about the essential role that trucking plays in the economy, and promoting responsible policies that advance the trucking industry’s environmental goals.
Hours of Service of Drivers: National Asphalt Pavement Association, Inc.; Application for Exemptions
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of final disposition; grant of application for exemptions.
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces its decision to grant the National Asphalt Pavement Association, (Inc.) (NAPA) request for exemptions from two requirements of the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for all drivers of certain commercial motor vehicles (CMVs):
(1) The 30-minute rest break provision and (2) the requirement that short-haul drivers utilizing the record of duty status (RODS) exception return to their work-reporting location within 12 hours of coming on duty. The first exemption will enable drivers engaged in the transportation of asphalt and related materials to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty ‘‘waiting time’’ to satisfy the requirement for the 30- minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break. The second exemption will allow these drivers to use the short-haul exception but return to their work reporting location within 14 hours instead of the usual 12 hours.
DATES: This exemption is applicable January 26, 2018 and expires January 25, 2023.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 614–942–6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826.
Read the full report HERE.
FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration for Heating Fuels has been extended until February 11th, 2018.
Any questions, please contact Alex Keenan.
FMCSA Emergency Coordinator
Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits
Extension of Regional Declaration of Emergency Under 49 CFR 390.25 (01-24-2018)
Governor Raimondo will be closing all RI interstates to all commercial vehicle traffic momentarily. This is expected to remain in effect through this evening. Please inform your drivers accordingly.
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