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					                                               PennDOT Invites
                                                  Volunteers to
                                                 Join Spring PA
                                                Clean-up Effort

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                      Free Motorcycle Safety         New PennDOT
                      Courses Available              Investment will Help
                      to Pennsylvanians              Children with Special
                                                     Medical Needs
                                                     Travel Safely
E-PennDOT Digest        April 2011

PennDOT Invites Volunteers to Join Spring Clean-up Effort, Adopt A Highway
PennDOT is encouraging Pennsylvanians to help beautify the             volunteers accounted for a record 12,278 miles cleaned with
state through the Great American Cleanup of PA, which runs             their efforts. These volunteers collected 3.7 million pounds
through May 31.                                                        of litter.

A list of clean-up events, resources for organizing a cleanup,         The 7,128 groups in the Adopt-A-Highway program, with their
and other information about the effort is available online at          130,730 volunteers, have two-year commitments and have Groups interested in adopting a section of            adopted 16,475 roadway miles. PennDOT requires that Adopt-A-
highway are encouraged to contact their local PennDOT county           Highway volunteers complete four cleanups per year, and the
maintenance office and ask for the Adopt-A-Highway                     groups are encouraged to join in the Great American Cleanup of
coordinator, or visit                             PA. Emphasis is placed on yearly Pick- It-Up-PA days, which will
                                                                       run from April 16-30 this year.
More than 186,000 volunteers cleaned 19,373 miles of roads,
trails and shorelines in Pennsylvania during last year's Great         PennDOT provides gloves and safety vests for Adopt-A-Highway
American Cleanup event, collecting 12 million pounds of trash.         and Great American Cleanup of PA groups.
Of the cleanup's totals, PennDOT's Adopt-A-Highway program

Agility Gains Importance During Tough Economic Times
During this period of limited revenue for commonwealth                 with municipalities to agility agreements. Under this
operations, the Agility Program gains importance as a “tool”           arrangement, and in return for municipalities performing winter
for PennDOT field staff and program partners to help address           services on state roads, the municipalities will receive PennDOT
budget shortfalls. Historically, partnerships have been formed         services instead of cash. This way, both parties can still
between PennDOT and thousands of municipalities and other              accomplish their work while keeping the transportation
governmental organizations for the purpose of exchanging               network as safe as possible for the motoring public.
services with each other. Otherwise known as “bartering,” all
parties increase productivity and improve their relationships          What is less known about the Agility Program is that trading
and communications at all levels as a result of these                  can “cross county lines” where a county maintenance office
interactions. At the present time, municipalities comprise             exchanges services with a partner located outside of the county
about 90 percent of all agility partners. As is the case in the        in which their maintenance office is located.
private sector, repeat business is a sure sign of satisfied
customers. The Agility Program enjoys a repeat business rate           In order to exchange services each party must sign an Agility
of 91 percent, with the remaining 9 percent being first                Agreement, which is essentially a contract between PennDOT
time customers.                                                        and the partner. Each party must believe that it makes good
                                                                       business sense for their organization to be involved in a
From 2007 through the present, municipalities have received            service exchange. To determine this, each party must decide
significant amounts of PennDOT services, including, for                if work would be completed at a quicker pace, the quality of
example, 3,517 tons of asphalt paving, 835 lane miles of striped       work received is better than what the partner could produce
local roads and hundreds of repaired lane miles that were fixed        itself or it allows the partner to keep cash in its budget for other
with 234,000 gallons of sealant. In return, municipalities             needed projects.
mowed over 4,000 acres of PennDOT-owned medians and
right-of-ways statewide and performed a variety of other               To learn more about the Agility Program, contact the Agility
services for the department.                                           Division at 717-705-1333 or visit the website at
Also this year, and as a way of keeping more money in the
budget, PennDOT converted some of its “paid” winter contracts

E-PennDOT Digest             April 2011

Pennsylvania Marks National Work Zone Awareness Week
Recognizing the 22 people killed in work zones statewide last year,
PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E., recently joined other state
officials and local public utility providers to mark the start of
National Work Zone Awareness Week, which ran through April 8.
Crews from PP&L Electric Utilities, UGI Utilities, Pennsylvania
American Water and PSI Traffic Controllers also attended the event.

“Highway work zones are among the most dangerous places to work,
with workers putting their lives at risk each time they fix a roadway or
repair a gas, electric or water line,” Schoch said. “These workers are
trying to perform difficult jobs while tons of steel race past them.
Always use caution in work zones and never drive distracted. Your life
and the lives of highway workers and other motorists are at stake.”

To support the effort, PennDOT’s 11 Engineering Districts held their
own events and ceremonies to encourage motorists to watch out for
the safety of themselves and of work-zone crews.                                         Secretary Barry Schoch discusses the importance of work-zone safety.

According to PennDOT data, the 22 people killed in work zones last
year included four workers: three PennDOT employees and one
contractor. Three of those worker deaths were caused by a vehicle
entering the work zone. Since 1970, 82 PennDOT employees have
been killed in the line of duty.

In 2010, there were 1,884 crashes in work zones, a dramatic increase
from the 1,519 crashes in 2009 and the most in any of the past five
years. Over the five-year period, there were 8,302 work-zone crashes
and 114 fatalities.

                                                                                                                                           Photo by Karen Dussinger
                                                                                        District 4 Assistant District Executive for Maintenance Dennis Giordano
                                                                                        speaks to participants at a ceremony in front of the district’s memorial
                                                                                        honoring its employees who were killed in the line of duty, while District
                                                                                        Executive George Roberts and Assistant District Executive for
                                                       Photo by Marianne Warner         Construction Harold Hill look on.
 Media went behind-the-scenes in a bridge-cleaning operation in Erie County to
 see the dangers of construction work.

                                                                                                                                                Photo by Rick Mason
                                                             Photo by Jim Struzzi
 District 11 Executive Dan Cessna, along with Lieutenant Tom Dubovi of the              Flanked by the PennDOT Mobile Workers Memorial, Snyder/Union Counties’
 Pennsylvania State Police, addresses a group of reporters during a National            Maintenance Manager Ken Bair speaks at District 3’s National Work Zone
 Work Zone Awareness Week event along Route 28 in Pittsburgh.                           Awareness Week news conference along busy Routes 11-15 near
                                                                                        Selinsgrove, the site of a resurfacing project this year.

E-PennDOT Digest         April 2011

Highway Deaths Rise in 2010 After Hitting Historic Low in 2009
Tragedy occurs on Pennsylvania’s roadways each and every day                 • Speeding-related and aggressive-driving related deaths
when lives are lost in traffic accidents. In fact, deaths in crashes           also increased last year. Speeding-related deaths jumped
on Pennsylvania highways climbed to 1,324 in 2010, an increase                 from 231 in 2009 to 284 last year while aggressive-driving-
of 68 from the year before. While still too high, modern highway               related deaths increased from 130 to 168.
deaths are still well below those reported 20 and 40 years ago.
In 1990, there were 1,646 traffic deaths in Pennsylvania. In                 • Motorcyclist and bicyclist deaths also increased last year.
1970, there were 2,255 fatalities.                                             Motorcyclist deaths rose to 223 in 2010 from 204 a year
                                                                               earlier, and bicyclist fatalities increased from 16 to 21 in that
Here are some notable statistics from the 2010 data:                           same time period.

  • Unbuckled fatalities increased to 524 last year, up from 451           For more information on PennDOT’s safety efforts, visit
    in 2009. The seat-belt use rate in Pennsylvania was 86       
    percent last year.

  • Alcohol-related deaths increased from 442 in 2009 to 444
    last year. Fatalities in work zones dropped to 21 in 2010
    from 23 a year earlier.

Motorists Urged to Call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to Report Potholes on State Roads
With construction season kicking off across Pennsylvania,
PennDOT is reminding motorists to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD
(1-800-349-7623) to report the location of potholes on
state roads.

Callers are asked to be as specific as possible when reporting
pothole locations. For state routes, callers must report the
county, municipality, street name, or preferably the state route
(SR) number found on small, black-and-white signs posted
along state roadways. Callers should also offer a description
of any familiar landmarks that will help PennDOT find the
problem area.

The hotline may be used to report any maintenance concern on
state roads such as potholes, deer removal or signage issues.

Once notified, PennDOT will work expeditiously to address
concerns when weather permits.

To report potholes on local roads, motorists should contact the
municipality in which the pothole is located.

Potholes develop when water seeps below the road through
small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water repeatedly
freezes and thaws, a cavity below the road is formed and larger
cracks develop, causing the pavement to crumble.

The 1-800-FIX-ROAD hotline should not be used to report
traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies.
Motorists should continue to call 911 to report those types
of incidents.

E-PennDOT Digest            April 2011

Free Motorcycle Safety Courses Available to Pennsylvanians
                                               Motorcyclists across          unsafe riding habits they may have developed. Students taking
                                               Pennsylvania are              the BRC are provided a motorcycle and helmet; however,
                                               encouraged to                 students are responsible for providing all other protective gear.
                                               enhance their driving
                                               skills through the 2011       If a rider has completed the BRC, the six-hour Basic Rider
                                               Pennsylvania Motorcycle       Course 2 (BRC2), formerly known as the Experienced Rider
                                               Safety Program.               Course, allows skilled riders to refresh their safety knowledge
                                                                             and hone their on-road skills. Riders taking the BRC2 are
                                        The program offers                   permitted to carry a passenger while practicing balance and
                                        courses for new and                  steering techniques in a controlled environment. Students
                                        experienced riders                   taking the BRC2 must provide their own motorcycle and
                                        at approximately 70                  protective gear.
                                        locations across the
state. Courses are offered March through October. A full                     All PAMSP courses, including the new 3WBRC, are free to
schedule is available online at                               Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit
                                                                             or motorcycle license. All training courses are conducted on a
New this year is a 3-Wheeled Motorcycle Basic Rider Course                   riding range, under the management of certified rider coaches.
(3WBRC), which will be offered in Butler, Lehigh and York
counties. PennDOT introduced the new course due to the                       To enroll in a course, individuals must have either a motorcycle
increasing popularity of three-wheeled motorcycles and the                   learner’s permit or license. Motorcycle learner’s permit holders
unique safety concerns these vehicles present. The 12-hour                   who successfully complete a course will be issued a motorcycle
course includes four hours of classroom instruction and eight                license. Those who successfully pass their skills test on a three -
hours of practical riding experience. Students must provide                  wheeled motorcycle will be issued a motorcycle license with
their own three-wheeled motorcycle and protective gear.                      a“9” restriction, meaning they are prohibited from operating a
                                                                             two-wheeled motorcycle.
The 15-hour Basic Rider Course (BRC) consists of five
hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding               For more information and to enroll in a course, visit
experience. This comprehensive safety and skills overview           or call 1-800-845-9533, Monday through
provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced              Friday, between 8 a.m. and noon.
riders the opportunity to polish their skills and correct any

District 6 Employees Aid in National Clean-Up Event
                                                    On April 2, Philadelphia County Maintenance Manager Steve Niknam, District Keep
                                                    Pennsylvania Beautiful Coordinator Amy Cosgrove and Community Relations Coordinator
                                                    Charles Metzger participated in the national Great American Cleanup kickoff event.

                                                    The event was held at seven locations along a seven-mile stretch of the Cobbs Creek
                                                    Park and watershed in West Philadelphia. The group from PennDOT along with 75
                                                     volunteers helped plant trees at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental and
                                                    Education Center. The event was held in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural
                                                    Society, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Water Authority and the
                                                    Darby-Cobbs Watershed Partnership. Activities included tree plantings, creek-side
                                                    cleanups, and trail restoration.

                                                    The Great Pennsylvania Cleanup is a partnership in anti-littering efforts among PennDOT
                                                    and the departments of Environmental Protection, Community and Natural Resources,
                                                    Corrections and Military and Veterans Affairs.

From left, District CRC Charles Metzger,            The Great Pennsylvania Cleanup is an extension of PennDOT’s anti-littering programs.
Philadelphia Maintenance Manager Steve              PennDOT began fighting litter more than 31 years ago with its Keep Pennsylvania
Niknam, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Coordinator Amy Cosgrove plant a tree at the
                                                    Beautiful program and later with the Adopt-A-Highway program.
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental and
Education Center on April 2.

E-PennDOT Digest              April 2011

PennDOT Receives Recognition for Live Free Ride Alive Campaign, Motorcycle
Safety Program (MSP)
                                                                                        The award, accepted by Scott Shenk, Driver Safety Division
                                                                                        manager for PennDOT’s Bureau of Driver Licensing, was
                                                                                        presented in recognition of establishing and maintaining
                                                                                        Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP), the Live
                                                                                        Free Ride Alive campaign, (see campaign details below) and
                                                                                        overall support of the safety of motorcyclists in Pennsylvania.

                                                                                        Additionally, the PAMSP received the 2010 Contributing
                                                                                        Organization Award from A.B.A.T.E. at their annual Leadership
                                                                                        and Legislative seminar in January for their role in training
                                                                                        riders and recognizing the nearly 382,000 riders trained
                                                                                        through the program since its inception.

                                                                                        The Motorcycle Safety Program, authorized by legislation in
                                                Photo by Kim Bullivant
                                                                                        1984 and instituted in 1985, was established to teach riders of
PennDOT’s Driver Safety Division Manager Scott Shenk (center) accepts the
                                                                                        all skill levels the basic fundamentals needed to safely operate
2010 Administration Excellence Award from Alliance for Biker’s Aimed Toward             a motorcycle and reduce the risk of otherwise avoidable
Education (A.B.A.T.E.) of Pennsylvania representatives (left) Bernard DuMaire,          motorcycle crashes.
A.B.A.T.E. state coordinator and (right) Stephen Zurl, A.B.A.T.E. assistant state
coordinator, during the annual motorcycle safety committee meeting in                   If you want more information on the program or to register
 Harrisburg March 11.
                                                                                        for a course, visit And, if you want to share
During an annual motorcycle safety steering committee                                   personal riding stories and take the "Be One Less" pledge to
meeting with PennDOT in Harrisburg March 11, the Alliance                               honor the fallen and keep those on two wheels on two wheels,
for Biker’s Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.) of Pennsylvania                         visit
presented PennDOT with a 2010 Administration
Excellence Award.

Live Free Ride Alive Campaign Documentary, Website Win ADDY Awards
                                                                                        industry’s largest and most representative competition for
                                                                                        creative excellence. The three-tiered competition begins locally
                                                                                        with the Philly Ad Club and with the AAF’s 200+ member clubs.
                                                                                        The local gold winners proceed to one of 14 districts
                                                                                        competitions. District winners then advance to compete for
                                                                                        a national ADDY award.

                                                                                        PennDOT launched its Live Free Ride Alive campaign in 2010
                                                                                        to heighten the safety awareness of motorcycle riders. The
                                                                                        campaign highlights that the greatest impacts on crash severity
                                                                                        are factors under the rider’s control, such as speeding, DUI, and
                                                                                        being properly trained and licensed. The campaign’s interactive
                                                                                        website is designed specifically for motorcyclists. The website
                                                                                        challenges riders to accept personal responsibility for their own
PennDOT’s Live Free Ride Alive campaign documentary and
                                                                                        safety, and allows them to share their personal riding stories
website,, won top honors at the
                                                                                        with one another and pledge to “Be One Less” crash statistic.
2011 Philadelphia ADDY Awards. The campaign documentary
                                                                                        The Live Free Ride Alive campaign documentary is a collection
and website each claimed a Gold ADDY Award; the
                                                                                        of stories about Pennsylvania riders, their families and friends.
documentary also took home the ADDY Award for
                                                                                        It a celebration of freedom and a sobering look at what
“Best of Public Service”. Sponsored by the American
                                                                                        happens when it’s gone.
Advertising Federation (AAF), the ADDY Awards are the

E-PennDOT Digest         April 2011

New PennDOT Investment will Help Children with Special Medical Needs
Travel Safely
                                          PennDOT is helping              seat for children with conditions such as spina bifida, scoliosis
                                          hospitals and pediatric         and other conditions that prevent them from being able to sit in
                                          practices statewide             standard car seats. Hippo seats allow children with hip casts to
                                          ensure children with            travel in a crash-tested seat.Seats will be delivered to 49
                                          limited mobility and            hospitals and 16 pediatric practices statewide. Each pediatric
                                          other special                   practice will receive one car bed and each hospital will receive
                                          healthcare needs                one car bed and one Hippo seat to be loaned to families and
                                          can travel safely.              caregivers. The seats are expected to last six to 10 years,
                                                                          depending on the model.

PennDOT has purchased 111 specialized car seats through                   "Previously, some of these children had to go to their medical
a contract with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American                  appointments in an ambulance because traditional car seats
Academy of Pediatrics' Traffic Injury Prevention Project (PA AAP          would not keep them safe. This program will alleviate that
TIPP). The seats are purchased through the Child Passenger                burden for these children and their families," said Secretary
Restraint Fund, which is funded by fines from violations of the           Barry J. Schoch, P.E. "Family members or guardians shouldn't
child passenger safety laws. The fund is used semi-annually to            have to worry whether children can ride safely to
purchase standard car seats for use in more than 100 loaner               medical appointments or errands." In partnership with
programs across the state. These programs are coordinated                 PennDOT, the PA AAP TIPP developed a course on the car seats'
through police departments, pediatric practices, hospitals and            proper usage for the medical professionals receiving them.
other partners. To learn more about this program,                         Approved by the University of Pittsburgh, the course provides
call 1-800-CAR-BELT. Seat distribution is coordinated by the              one credit toward the professionals' medical licensure.
hospital or practice receiving the seats, though parents or
guardians may contact those recipients for more information on            To see the list of recipient hospitals and practices, visit
the seats.                                                       and click on the Feb. 28 press release.
                                                                          Learn more about PennDOT's safety
Through the contract, 65 Hope Car Beds and 46 Snug Seat                   efforts by visiting
Hippo car seats were purchased. The car bed is a crash-tested

Pennsylvanians Encouraged To Consider Registering As Organ And Tissue Donors
During April National Donate Life Month
With more than 8,000 people in the commonwealth awaiting an               By saying “YES” to organ and tissue donation, one person can
organ transplant, and thousands of others waiting for a tissue            save or enhance the lives of more than 50 people. Organ and
transplant, there is a critical need for Pennsylvanians to register       tissue donation can free people from dialysis treatments, give the
as designated organ and tissue donors.                                    gift of sight, repair joints, save limbs or help burn victims heal.

Your constituents who are driver’s license and photo                      Driver’s license and photo ID card holders, as well as registered
identification (ID) card holders can take action immediately by           vehicle owners, can also support organ donation programs by
visiting PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,                   donating $1 to the Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue, and saying “YES” to organ donation.                  Donation Awareness Trust Fund at the time of application or
Individuals who register online as donors will receive a                  renewal. Proceeds from the fund are used to educate and
designation card to carry with them until it’s time to renew              promote awareness of the organ donor program through
their driver’s license or photo ID card. More than 4,000                  non-profit organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery
Pennsylvanians have used the online registration service since            and Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life (GOL) Donor
its inception in 2006, but many more donors are needed.                   Program. Since 1995, Pennsylvanians have generously
Individuals may also register as an organ and tissue donor                donated more than $9 million to the fund.
when renewing their driver’s license or photo ID cards at any
PennDOT Driver License and Photo Center.                                  For more information about organ and tissue donation, visit

E-PennDOT Digest          April 2011

Keep Fido Safe, Too: Tips for Safely Transporting Pets
As with any member of the family travelling in a vehicle, pets need              • Keep a current ID tag on your pet in case it manages to
to be assured they are safe when they travel with us.                             escape during a trip. Ensure the ID tag contains an easily
                                                                                  accessible number, such as your cell phone number, for
Recommended by many pet advocates, the easiest way to                             the rescuer to call.
keep pets safe is to simply leave them at home. But, if you must
travel with your pets, consider these safety tips:                               • If you’re running errands, try to use businesses with a drive-up
                                                                                   window or shop in pet-friendly stores so your pet does not
  • Never travel with an unrestrained pet. Use a well-ventilated                   have to remain in the vehicle alone.
    crate or carrier, which can be anchored to the seat with the
    seat belt; install a pet barrier in your vehicle; or use a specially       Pet owners should never leave their animals unattended in a
    designed harness to restrain your pet. Many pet stores and                 vehicle for an extended period of time. Temperature extremes are
    websites carry pet restraints, crates and carriers. Aside from             magnified inside a vehicle. On hot days, the temperature inside
    being a distraction to the driver, a loose pet can become a                a vehicle can reach in excess of 120 degrees in a matter of
    dangerous projectile in a crash. The impact from sudden stops              minutes – even when parked in the shade. The temperature
    can also injure an unrestrained animal.                                    doesn’t even have to be high for the sun to send temperatures
                                                                               in a vehicle quickly soaring. An animal (or children or the elderly)
  • Never let your pet ride with its head outside a window –                   can quickly succumb to a heat injury or death if left unattended.
    eye, ear and head injuries could result.
                                                                               In cold weather, a vehicle can act as a refrigerator, holding in
  • Always keep pets on a leash while loading them into a vehicle.             the cold and exposing the animal to hypothermia or other
    If you leave your pet in the car for short periods, remove the             cold-related injuries or death.
    leash so that the animal does not panic and injure itself if the
    leash gets caught. Be extremely careful not to let your pet                More information on pet safety is available through various
    escape when you open the door.                                             animal advocacy groups, veterinary resources and numerous
                                                                               pet-related sites on the Internet.

Quick Thinking Prevents Flooding, Closure of Major Route
                                                     Often PennDOT’s           can back up onto Route 22/322 when the river level prevents it
                                                     good work goes            from draining. When a second drain started to back up, Doug
                                                     unnoticed and             Tosten lent a pump from Perry County Maintenance to help keep
                                                     unheralded – such         Route 22/322 open and clear of water. There was no need to close
                                                     as on Saturday,           Route 22/322 or restrict traffic lanes over the weekend as the river
                                                     March 12, at              level surpassed 19 feet. This proactive approach prevented a
                                                     the south end of          major traffic headache on a major highway corridor in our region.
                                                     Dauphin Borough
                                                     in Dauphin                Since motorists weren’t affected in their travels, many people
                                                     County as the             didn’t even notice what had happened. But others did – and they
                                                     Susquehanna               appreciate the extra effort by Dale, Tim, Mark, Jim and Doug.
                                                     River crested
                              Photo by Tim Singleton at just above 20                                                             “Who ever thought
Flooding on Route 22/322 in 2004.                    feet. Normally, at                                                           that two pumps
                                                     19 feet, the                                                                 could do such a
Route 22/322 underpass will flood – as it did in the aftermath                                                                    good job and keep
of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.                                                                                                        the road open when
                                                                                                                                  normally it would
But there was not a repeat of 2004 on the weekend of March 12,                                                                    flood?” said Tim. “It
thanks to the initiative of County Maintenance Manager Dale                                                                       took a team effort for
Good, Assistant County Manager Tim Singleton, and Mark                                                                            a positive result that
Whitaker and Jim Bainbridge, both foremen – and the help of                                                                       most people probably
Perry County Maintenance Manager Doug Tosten. In 2004, the                                                                        didn’t even notice
                                                                                                         Photo by Tim Singleton
county didn’t utilize a pump in the area. This time, Dauphin                                                                      or realize, but we
                                                                               Two pumps prevent flooding on Route 22/322 on
County Maintenance set up a pump to clear out the water that                                                                      certainly felt good
                                                                               March 12.
                                                                                                                                  about it.”


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