PSP, PennDOT Focus on Summer Driving Safety With ‘Click It or Ticket’ Mobilization

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and municipal departments across Pennsylvania today announced that they will partner to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement from May 14 through June 3, 2018.

Pennsylvania law requires drivers and passengers younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle. After turning 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat. During “Click It or Ticket,” law enforcement adopts a zero-tolerance approach toward violators.

As part of the enforcement, PSP, along with agencies across the eastern half of the United States, will participate in a Border-to-Border initiative to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the states’ focus on safety. According to PennDOT data, 378 unrestrained fatalities occurred in 2017, a decrease from 408 in 2016.

“Seat belts are the first line of defense in the event of a motor vehicle crash and buckling up is the number one thing drivers and passengers can do to keep themselves safe in a car,” said Major James B. Basinger, director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol. “Adults should wear a seat belt – every trip, every time – and ensure children are properly buckled in an appropriate child passenger safety seat.”

During “Click It or Ticket,” troopers certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians will offer no-cost car seat fittings and inspections at various locations throughout the state. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of two are required to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. A booster seat is required for children until their eighth birthday.

A complete list of child passenger seat fitting stations is available at www.psp.pa.gov.

“The consistent use of seat belts and child passenger safety seats save lives,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Through continued enforcement and education, we hope to see more people taking the simple step of buckling up and fewer fatal crashes on Pennsylvania’s roads.”

The efforts of PennDOT and PSP will be supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with national advertising that airs across TV, radio, internet, and social media to convey the message that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws. The ads, airing in English and Spanish, are designed to generate awareness of stepped-up enforcement of seat belt laws and the increased chance of getting a ticket if you’re not buckled up.

For more information on seat belt safety visit, www.penndot.gov/safety.

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82 Improvement Projects to Bolster Public Transit, Communities Across Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today announced the approval of funding for 82 projects to improve transportation alternatives and enhance mobility and public accessibility across the commonwealth.

“Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said.

The administration awarded $66.8 million through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside. The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.

“Our citizens are taking advantage of an array of trails and improvements that enhance the state’s quality of life, and these new investments will build on our successes in making Pennsylvania an attractive place to live and work,” Richards added.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.

The following is a list of awards for the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside for Venango County.

Venango

  • Venango County – $1,000,000 for construction of a multi-use trail along the Route 8/US 62 corridor in coordination with a PennDOT safety project.
  • City of Franklin – $966,760 to rehabilitate and install new lighting, sidewalk, curbing and driveway aprons in downtown Franklin.
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Revised Schedule Set for Route 8 Bridge Project in Titusville

Titusville Bridge Work Map

Titusville Bridge Work Map

A revised work schedule has been set for the rehabilitation of the South Franklin Street Bridge that carries Route 8 over Oil Creek in the City of Titusville.

The bridge is scheduled to close for rehabilitation work next week, and traffic detours will begin at that time.

Prior to the closure, roadway repairs will be made to the posted car detour, East Bloss Street, South Drake Street, Bank Street, Brown Street and Water Street. The roadway patching, which is weather dependent, will start on Thursday, April 12, 2018

The anticipated closure date for the bridge is April 13, 2018, weather permitting.

During the closure, separate car and truck detours will be posted. The posted truck detour will use Route 227 and Route 27.

The steel arch bridge, which is classed as structurally deficient, is located on Route 8 (South Franklin Street) between the intersection of Route 8 with East Bloss/West Bloss Street and the intersection with Saint Johns Street in Titusville.

Work will involve replacing the concrete bridge deck, concrete barrier walls, concrete sidewalks and painting the structural steel on the bridge, and other miscellaneous construction as required.

The bridge was built in 1940 and is currently listed as structurally deficient. The bridge is used by about 5,100 vehicles a day, on average.

The contractor is Clearwater Construction, Inc. of Mercer, PA. The contract cost is $1,334,000, which is to be paid entirely with state funds.

The project is scheduled to be completed by August 23, 2018.

PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

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PennDOT Refines Route 8 Corridor Study to Focus on Only Four-Lane Options

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in the northwest District 1 today released an update on the Route 8 Asset Management and Corridor Improvement Study in Venango County.

PennDOT announced the study will focus only on four-lane options for the roadway. The decision was made after compiling input before, during and after an initial public meeting in February, and considering the costs of proposed alternatives for the highway.

PennDOT is studying options to best manage and improve Route 8 (Richard Frame Memorial Highway) in Venango County between the intersection with Georgetown Road in Irwin Township and DeBence Drive in Sandycreek Township, a distance of about 10.5 miles.

The purpose of the study is to identify existing issues related to Route 8, including: existing and future traffic operations, safety, corridor deficiencies, roadway and bridge conditions, support of planning initiatives, and support of the regional economy.

“With the costs of converting to two lanes versus replacing the existing four lanes fairly equal, it is sensible to focus the remainder stages of the study on improving the existing corridor,” said Tom McClelland, P.E., PennDOT project manager for the study. “We received a lot of valuable input from the public at the February 8 meeting in regards to how motorists use the corridor and possible enhancements that could be made.”

Information presented at the first public meeting, including basic cost estimates for different construction options, is available on the PennDOT District 1 website, www.penndot.gov/district1.

The final stage of the study will focus on rebuilding the four-lane section of the highway in a manner that minimizes costs, maintains open lanes of traffic during construction, offers an effective pavement design, and supports the economic initiatives of the region.

A final public meeting on the results of the study will be held in early June 2018.

Michael Baker International is the consultant assisting PennDOT with the study.

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Spring Clean-Up Day Announced

Spring Clean-Up Day for Sugarcreek Borough will be held on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 7 am til 3 pm at the Borough building.

Items that are not accepted are:
Lawn clippings, leaves, twigs/branches, brush, etc.
Tires
Electronics

Appliances MUST have Freon removed before disposal.

Dried, empty paint cans with lids off will be accepted.

This is for Sugarcreek Borough residents only.

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Vehicle Rollover

Sugarcreek Police responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Rocky Grove Ave and Warren Rd on March 14, 2018 at 11:06 a.m.

Vehicle operated by Katherine Wrenshall of Pittsburgh was travelling north on Rocky Grove Ave negotiating a left curve in the roadway. The vehicle got into the slush/snow and the operator lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle then crossed into the southbound lane, went off the roadway where it rolled onto its roof.

Wrenshall was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Rocky Grove Vol Fire Dept and Reno Vol Fire Dept along with Community Ambulance and Lowry Auto assisted at the scene.

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School Threat

Sugarcreek Borough Police filed charges on Joshua Stone, 34 of Polk, with Terroristic Threats (M1) and Harassment (M3) on March 15, 2018 from an incident that was reported to police on March 12, 2018.

Stone was reported to  have made threats against the Sandycreek Elementary School while meeting with his probation officer at the Probation and Parole office on Gibb Road.

Stone was not released after making the threats and therefore there was no immediate danger to the school.

Stone was arraigned before District Magistrate Lowrey and bail was set at $25,000. Preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21, 2018 at the Venango County Courthouse.

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National School Walkout

Sugarcreek Borough Police are pleased to announce zero incidents during the National School Walkout at the Rocky Grove High School.

An estimated 120 students assembled peacefully and quietly during their demonstration and walked quietly throughout the school as well as around the exterior of the building as to not disrupt students who were still in class.

 

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Police Officers Honored for Efforts to Curb Aggressive Driving

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP) recognized six northwest Pennsylvania police officers for their efforts to reduce the number of aggressive driving crashes.

The officers were nominated by the police chiefs from their respective departments due to their participation in the 2017 aggressive driving enforcement and education initiative. They were recognized during a recent regional meeting for the program.

Honorees included the following officers:

  • Sgt. Anthony Chimera, Millcreek Township Police Department, Erie County;
  • Patrol Officer Jason Burnett, Hermitage Police Department, Mercer County;
  • Patrol Officer Jeremy “Brad” Davis, Hermitage Police Department, Mercer County;
  • Patrol Officer Marc Frampton, Hermitage Police Department, Mercer County;
  • Patrolman Matthew Johnson, Sugarcreek Police Department, Venango County; and
  • Patrolman Joseph Highfield, Sugarcreek Police Department, Venango County.

Sugarcreek Officers Honored. (Patrolman Joseph Highfield, Patrolman Matthew Johnson)

In 2016, there were 7,001 aggressive driving crashes in Pennsylvania. Aggressive driving behaviors include speeding, tailgating, failing to stop at red lights or stop signs, weaving through traffic, passing on the right, and failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

An aggressive driving enforcement and education wave is scheduled for March 19 to April 29, 2018. There will be 238 municipal police agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police participating, including police departments in Meadville, Crawford County; Erie and Millcreek Township, Erie County; Hermitage, Mercer County; Franklin, Sugarcreek and Oil City, Venango County; and Conewango Township and Warren, Warren County.

Additional information on aggressive driving is available online at www.PennDOT.gov/safety.

 

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Public Meeting Scheduled for Route 8 Corridor Study in Venango County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to an open-house format meeting regarding the Route 8 Asset Management and Corridor Improvement Study in Venango County.

PennDOT is studying options to best manage and improve Route 8 (Richard Frame Memorial Highway) in Venango County between Georgetown Road in Irwin Township and DeBence Drive in Sandy Creek Township, a distance of about 10.5 miles.

The purpose of the study is to identify existing issues related to Route 8, including: existing and future traffic operations, safety, corridor deficiencies, roadway and bridge conditions, support of planning initiatives, and support of the regional economy.

Maintenance is becoming more costly and the existing concrete pavement and bridges are approaching the end of their design life. The study will ultimately examine options for improvements or changes to the roadway configuration and determine a long-range strategy for maintaining and improving the corridor. An economic analysis will also be done to determine the cost of maintaining the current four-lane roadway section for long-term asset management.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the study to the community and receive input on ideas for the corridor.

The public is welcome to attend at any time during the open house hours.

LOCATION:   Franklin Area Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium
                           246 Pone Lane
Franklin, PA  16323

DATE:           Thursday February 8, 2018

TIME:           6 PM to 8 PM
                     Presentation at 6:15 PM

Information on the study’s purpose status, schedule, existing and forecast roadway conditions and an initial range of ideas to consider will be available for review and comment. PennDOT representatives, along with our design consultants, will make a brief presentation and will be available to answer questions.

The meeting location is handicapped accessible.  The project documents will be made available in alternative languages or formats if requested.  If you need translation/interpretation services, we ask that you contact Mr. Tom McClelland, P.E.,  no later than February 1 at thmcclella@pa.gov, or call 814-678-7081.

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