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Governor Wolf Highlights Progress of Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Boothwyn, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards, PennDOT officials, and other representatives today at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center in Delaware County to highlight the progress of the Resurface PA Initiative.“PennDOT has made great strides with this aggressive campaign to accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “In addition to accelerating the work, Resurface PA extends our reach to roads and highways throughout the state that we would not have been able to reach in a regular maintenance year.”Under the Resurface PA initiative, PennDOT has mounted an aggressive campaign to accelerate repaving interstates and attacking potholes across the state’s 40,000 miles of PennDOT-maintained roads, the nation’s fifth largest such system. The program calls for an additional $7 million investment in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year. In addition, these additional investments are planned:$30 million in transportation infrastructure investment funding for interstate improvements;$60 million in PennDOT investments from interstate-project bid savings being reinvested in resurfacing; and$62 million in additional funding for interstate preservation projects.Together, these commitments will make 17 interstate paving and preservation projects covering 255 miles happen at least two years sooner than scheduled, with projects beginning this year and next year. These accelerated projects, which will preserve the pavement surfaces for at least five to six years, build on the 85 interstate projects covering more than 775 miles that are underway or expected to begin or finish this year.A significant part of the work is being financed using savings from other projects since Governor Wolf took office.Under ‘Resurface PA’, work is set to begin at the end of the summer to transform a nine-mile stretch of interstate 95 in Delaware County, a section that was last resurfaced in 2007, into a smoother and safer travel experience for motorists.“The Philadelphia region has taken full advantage of the additional resources allocated from this initiative to attack potholes on our state highways,” District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said. “These resources have allowed us to accelerate the work on much needed repairs, particularly on Interstate 95 in Delaware County.”Through the end of July, PennDOT used 109,007 tons of patching material, compared to 101,326 tons during the same period in 2017. Department forces improved more than 1,800 miles of roads between January and the beginning of August, including pothole and other work. Also, the number of pothole concerns reported to PennDOT this year climbed to 15,154 through the end of July compared to 7,261 in 2017 and 4,135 in 2016. The investment in pothole repairs totaled $41 million through July and an additional $31 million in repairs is planned through October.In addition to the Resurface PA contracted paving projects that are in process or design, these projects are underway:Interstate 78From mile marker 16 to Route 61, 5.9 miles in Berks County.Interstate 79From mile marker 178 to 182.5, 6.5 miles in Erie County.Interstate 80From I‐380 to Route 115, 10 miles in Monroe County.About 4 miles in Luzerne County and then from the Luzerne County line to the Monroe. County line, 26 miles in Carbon County.Nine miles in Jefferson County.Interstate 81From the Luzerne County line to Mile Marker 185.5 in Lackawanna County, including bridge work. 7 miles.28 miles in Luzerne County, from Sugar Notch to Avoca.From Gordon to Frackville, 11.9 miles in Schuylkill County.From Mahanoy to McAdoo, 16.7 miles in Schuylkill County.From Ravine to Hegins, 12.5 miles in Schuylkill County.Interstate 83From Route 262 to Carlisle Road, 3.4 miles in York and Cumberland counties.Interstate 84Interchange area with Interstate 81, between Exits 185 and 186 on I-81 and from I-81 to Exit 2 on I-84 in Lackawanna County, 7 miles.Interstate 95Approximately 6 miles of I-95 in Philadelphia and another 17 miles in Delaware County.Interstate 180From the Market Street Bridge to the Loyalsock Creek bridge, 9.7 miles in Lycoming County.Interstate 380From the Monroe County line to Interstate 84, 15 miles in Lackawanna County.From Interstate 80 to Route 940,5.1 miles in Monroe County.Interstate 376From the Fort Pitt Bridge to Edgewood, 14.8 miles in Allegheny County.Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at www.customercare.penndot.gov or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of maintenance concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name, and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area. Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.To learn about how potholes form and how PennDOT addresses them, view the department’s “Pothole Patrol” video on its YouTube page, www.youtube.com/pennsylvaniadot.Join the conversation on social media with #PotholePatrol. Visit PennDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot, or visit us on Twitter at @PennDOTNews. Governor Wolf Highlights Progress of Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiativecenter_img August 28, 2018last_img read more

The Latest: Bills to begin season without fans in stadium

first_img August 25, 2020 The Latest: Bills to begin season without fans in stadium ___Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season.The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansThe Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3 against Missouri and university officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. Tennessee asked fans statewide to wear masks in public.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he empathizes with the thousands of fans who won’t get to go to games in Neyland this fall. Fulmer says the circumstances are beyond the control of Tennessee officials and they will do their best to create the safest environment both inside and outside the stadium. The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in attendance.With current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specifying an indoor venue capacity of 250 people, officials from the Vikings, the state, U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL and the city of Minneapolis were unable to establish a prudent way to open the gates to the public for now.The Vikings will host Green Bay on Sept. 13 and Tennessee on Sept. 27 with the 66,000 seats empty. Over the ensuing five weeks, Minnesota plays at home only once, on Oct. 18 against Atlanta.In a statement, the Vikings said: “We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.”NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit have announced their first two home games will be played without fans. Chicago also will start the season without spectators but has not specified for how many games. The Turkish soccer federation says a limited number of spectators will be allowed into stadiums to watch games as of October as it relaxes coronavirus restrictions.The federation says stadiums around the country would operate at a maximum of 30% capacity.The spectators would have their temperatures taken before being admitted. They would be required to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules.The decision comes despite an uptick in in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Daily infections have jumped to more than 1,000 since Aug. 4 to reach levels previously recorded in June.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Buffalo Bills will play their first two home games without fans present, while not ruling out the possibility of allowing some into the stadium before season’s end.center_img The Bills announced the decision on their Twitter account Tuesday following discussions with state and county health officials. The team said it is still attempting to establish policies and procedures “that hopefully permit fans later this season.”State guidelines remain unchanged since June, when New York approved the resumption of pro sports but without spectators present.The Bills have offered season ticket holders the option of refunds or pushing that money to next year. Those who keep money in their account would be eligible to be included in a lottery should fans be allowed.Buffalo opens the season on Sept. 13 hosting the New York Jets, and then hosts the Los Angeles Rams two weeks later.The announcement comes a day after Bills coach Sean McDermott described the lack of league-wide uniformity regarding the presence of spectators at NFL games as being “ridiculous” after AFC East rival Miami announced it would allow up to 13,000 fans into its stadium. Associated Press ___The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The team said Tuesday after consulting with local officials that the Sept. 13 game against Arizona at Levi’s Stadium will be played without spectators.The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season.___ Current students and active donors to the Tennessee Fund with season tickets get top priority for tickets and season tickets will be offered based on annual amount given and the order to the Tennessee Fund.The original prices for season tickets will not change with Tennessee set to host five Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time since 1959.Students can start requesting tickets issued on a game-by-game basis Sept. 23.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

South Florida high schoolers build solarpowered car win national competition

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of South Florida students who built their own solar-powered car came out on top of a cross-country competition.Western High School’s “Solar Car Club” embarked on a trip from Texas to California for a national solar car multi-day race.The team built their own car to drive in the race and now they’re back in town, celebrating all their hard work.“Got first place, so we’re extremely excited about that,” said club member Brandon Abin. “You know, the car did amazing. It didn’t break on us in any way or anything. It was going pretty quickly, pretty efficiently — and that’s all we could ever ask for.”The race, which was about 1,300 miles in total, featured 19 cars from schools across the country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more