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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
www.gacofpa.org. 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 www.dot.state.pa.us. 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 www.DriveSafePA.org
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
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
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
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 www.pamsp.com. 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
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 www.pamsp.com 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 www.pamsp.com. 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 www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com
presented PennDOT with a 2010 Administration
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, www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com, 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
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. www.dot.state.pa.us 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 www.DriveSafePA.org.
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
www.dmv.state.pa.us, 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.
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.
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