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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

College Republicans, Democrats debate

first_imgThe USC College Republicans and USC College Democrats debated issues ranging from gun control to college tuition at the Political Student Assembly’s first meeting of the semester Monday evening in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Aubtin Heydari, a sophomore majoring in writing for screen and television, and Zeke Sandoval, a freshman majoring in policy, planning, and development represented the College Democrats. The College Republicans were represented by their President Jacob Ellenhorn and Mary Perez, a junior majoring in political science. The panel was moderated by PSA Director of Political Content Sonali Seth, who is also the editorial director of the Daily Trojan.The debate began with the topic of the economy. Ellenhorn emphasized the need to lower the income tax rate and help small businesses.“We cannot see an economy that will grow properly because every day Americans don’t have jobs,” Ellenhorn said.Sandoval responded by saying that measures such as an increase in the minimum wage and expansion of national programs are crucial to helping the economy.“The Obama administration has done a good job of pulling us out of the recession,” Sandoval said.The next topic was the issue of gun control. Heydari emphasized the need for enforcement of existing regulations.“Currently there are enforcement mechanisms. However, we need a way for the Obama administration to actually enforce these,” Heydari said.The College Republicans agreed that gun control regulations were necessary, especially regarding the mentally ill.“Why are people who clearly have mental health issues able to obtain guns?” Ellenhorn said.The College Republicans also emphasized the need for a free market to make health care more affordable.“It simply is not fair,” Ellenhorn said. “The Affordable Care Act is not affordable, ironically.”The College Democrats countered, arguing that the current health care system is helping millions.“The Affordable Care Act is far from a perfect system, but it has helped a lot of people,” Sandoval said.Climate change was the next issue discussed. The College Democrats favored climate change policies that would achieve energy independence and greater sustainability.“If our world isn’t sustainable, how can we have a sustainable society?” Heydari asked.The College Republicans took a different approach to the topic. Instead of focusing on the issue of climate change domestically, Ellenhorn turned his attention to conflicts abroad.“We shouldn’t negate extreme dangers. China is out of control, ISIS is out of control, Russia is out of control,” Ellenhorn said.The debaters concluded by talking about the increase in college tuition. The College Republicans emphasized helping youth by modernizing the education system. These solutions included reducing tuition through private investment and adding vocational schools.“You see people pursuing ridiculous degrees. For instance, majors like Lesbian Dance Theory aren’t going to end with jobs,” Ellenhorn said.The College Democrats argued that student debt should be lowered and that private investment would be inadequate.“Investors are known for making safe bets, and they are not going to invest in a kid from a low-income area,” Sandoval said. “That investors are just not going to go for.”last_img read more

Honoring 50 years of service to community

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — A special moment for one Alpena County Officer who celebrated 50 years of service.Jim Marquardt was honored today at the APlex. His friends and family gathered to surprise him for the prestigious achievement. Officer Marquardt was also honored by members of the community and State Representative Sue Allor. He was surprised when he saw a room full of family and friends.“It’s hard to describe, and I think that a person experiences that has to experience it for what it is, and for me, today, it was shock and surprise, use all the cliches that you want to,” said Officer Marquardt.Jim is set to retire this spring we thank him for his 50 years of service.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, aplex, Family, Police, Retirement, ServiceContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Friday, April 5Next Art in the Loft hosts Young Artists Exhibit for student creatorslast_img read more