PENNSYLVANIA MUST START FRESH AND FIND BETTER WAY TO FIX ITS POOR ROADS
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Forecasters issued weather warnings and transportation officials announced vehicle restrictions on some roadways as another round of winter weather descended on...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former official with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting bribes.
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday a judge has sentenced 53-year-old Nicholas Martino, of Norristown, to 9 to 23 months on house arrest and ordered him to pay $10,000.
Authorities say Martino accepted payments from a PennDOT contractor in return for continued work with the agency.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area.
The approval, effective Monday and lasting for one year, comes about nine months after one of Uber's autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian. Testing was suspended after March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona.
DETROIT (AP) — Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads.
The company has filed an application on with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe.
YORK, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation say a $58 million construction project in York County is behind schedule.
Work on the project at Interstate 83 and Mt. Rose Avenue started in 2015 and was scheduled to finish this year. PennDOT says weather and contracting issues have caused work to stall.
PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis says officials are in negotiations with the contractor. Crochunis says PennDOT will be working through 2019.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania highway department worker won her job back Tuesday after being fired for ranting on Facebook about local school bus drivers, including a warning that she would happily crash into a school bus.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former official with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been charged with soliciting and accepting bribes.
Authorities say 53-year-old Nicholas Martino of Norristown accepted payments from a PennDOT contractor in return for continued work with the state transportation agency. The state attorney general's office says Martino maintained the contractor's existing state agreements even though the contractor didn't perform the work.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was announcing Thursday $22 million for pothole and pavement repairs, enough to buy nearly 30,000 tons of paving material.
POCONO PINES, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say three highway workers were struck and injured on an eastern Pennsylvania interstate.
Officials said the accident happened Tuesday afternoon in a construction zone where they were patching potholes in the westbound lanes of I-80 in Tobyhanna Township.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission say they'll work with Penn State University to build a state-of-the-art highway and transportation technology center.
The agencies said Tuesday that it is expected to help emergency responders, transportation planners and researchers improve traffic safety, intelligent transportation systems and automated vehicles.
EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — A road that collapsed during a landslide in western Pennsylvania that prompted the evacuation of an apartment complex will be closed for months, state transportation officials said.
Officials say the portion of Route 30 in the borough of East Pittsburgh, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh, plummeted about 40 feet (12 meters) down a steep hill early Saturday.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike have lifted some restrictions imposed because of the storm.
The turnpike lifted some restrictions on trucks and trailers and speed limit restrictions on sections in western Pennsylvania.
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike has announced a ban on certain types of trucks, recreational vehicles and trailers due to the approaching storm.
Officials said vehicles being banned as of 8 p.m. Tuesday are empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, and any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles. Also banned as of 8 p.m. Tuesday are all motorcycles and all recreational vehicles.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — State police say a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker was struck and killed on an interstate.
Police say 45-year-old Robert Gensimore was setting out flares in the southbound lanes of I-99 in Logan Township to warn drivers about a crash scene.
Police say a car went out of control and struck Gensimore shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two former bus drivers have shifted gears to drive and operate snowplow trucks for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Krisa Walls of Georges Township was looking for a job to bring in a second income into her home when she decided to apply. The stay-at-home mom raised three children over 20 years, and her last job was driving a school bus.
"I wanted something with steady pay and benefits, and I couldn't really find anything around here," Walls said.
CENTRAL CITY, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatric nurse has started an online petition asking the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to add fencing to a bridge that has been used by people who jumped to their deaths.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some lanes of a secondary interstate highway near Pennsylvania's state capital have been closed by a crash that has left crews scrambling to save a driver trapped in a vehicle.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says the crash happened early Monday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 283 near Harrisburg.
The highways southbound lanes are shut down from Exit 2 at state Route 441 to Exits 1A and 1B, which lead to state Route 283.
AIRVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a woman died in a fall from a bridge over the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.
Emergency dispatchers in Lancaster County said the woman apparently fell off the Norman Wood Bridge in Lower Chanceford Township at about noon Tuesday and landed onto a pylon.
York County Coroner Pam Gay told the York Daily Record (http://bit.ly/2rJ0zSo ) that the woman's name wasn't being released until relatives are notified.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official who's overseen billions of dollars' worth of road projects in the Pittsburgh area is leaving to take a job with a major contractor.
Dan Cessna announced Friday that he's starting work Monday with Michael Baker International.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh public safety officials are trying to determine why a rain-activated gate failed to automatically stop traffic from entering a low-lying roadway where four people died in an August 2011 flash flood.
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A jury says the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation should pay $5.4 million to a man who suffered severe brain injuries when his bicycle crashed on a bridge that was in disrepair.
The Delaware County Daily Times (http://bit.ly/2lTeHZJ ) reports the jury ruled Wednesday in favor of 63-year-old David Carletti.
DELANO, Pa. (AP) — State transportation officials say all lanes of an eastern Pennsylvania interstate have reopened following a weather-related pileup that killed one person and injured more than two dozen other people.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County opened early Saturday and southbound lanes opened Friday evening.
MERCER, Pa. (AP) — Interstate 80's westbound lanes have reopened following a crash in western Pennsylvania, a few miles from the Ohio border.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has not released details on the crash. PennDOT initially said the lanes might be closed until 3 p.m. Thursday, but says crews were able to reopen them before 10 a.m.
The lanes were closed between Exit 15, the Route 19 exit at Mercer to Exit 4A, which leads to Route 760 near Sharon.
CENTRALIA, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is cracking down on trespassers who continue to walk on a stretch of highway that's been closed to vehicles because of an underground coal fire.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State government, universities and researchers in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are teaming up on efforts to develop connected and automated vehicles.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says Wednesday the "Smart Belt Coalition" includes the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as well as the American Center for Mobility in Michigan.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration wants to fine a contractor $11,224 for a construction fire that wholly or partially shut down a major Pittsburgh bridge for 24 days.
Contractor Joseph B. Fay Co. didn't immediately comment Wednesday. The company has 15 days to appeal.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Wintry weather in Pennsylvania prompted speed reductions on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other roadways in the commonwealth and also caused flight and public transit delays in Philadelphia.
DUBOIS, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says 59 vehicles crashed in a snowy pileup along a western Pennsylvania highway, and three people were hurt.
PennDOT spokesman Jim Carroll says 22 tractor-trailers and 37 cars are involved in the crash on Interstate 80 in Jefferson County.
The county's director of emergency services, Tracy Zents, says the three suffered minor to moderate injuries and were transported to hospitals.
59 Vehicles Crash in Snowy Pileup in PA
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is doing away with renewal stickers for license plates in a change designed to save millions.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will stop issuing the stickers at the end of December , producing more than $3 million in annual savings of production and mail costs.
Motorists must still have their vehicles inspected and have to produce a valid registration card when asked by police.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ride-sharing company Uber wants the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to delay policy recommendations that govern the testing of driverless cars.
Uber, which has been testing the driverless cars in Pittsburgh for weeks, wants PennDOT to wait for legislation to be passed before it attempts to regulate such testing, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/2gabLF8 ) reported.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has assessed a contractor more than $3 million in damages because a major Pittsburgh bridge was wholly or partially shut down for 24 days after a construction fire.
PennDOT says a spark from a blowtorch ignited plastic piping and a construction tarp on the Liberty Bridge on Sept. 2.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — State transportation authorities say a major bridge into downtown Pittsburgh closed after a construction fire will remain closed indefinitely due to additional emergency repairs.
The Liberty Bridge has been closed since Sept. 2. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials had planned to open the 2,600-foot-long bridge on Monday but are delaying the opening while work is done to ensure the damaged 30-foot chord is safe.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — State transportation authorities say a major bridge into downtown Pittsburgh closed after a construction fire will remain closed an extra week for repairs.
The Liberty Bridge has been closed since Sept. 2, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials said it will remain closed until Sept. 19.