Monday, May 6, 2013
Locations along the Pennsylvania Turnpike will offer spots to 'plug in.'
This summer, drivers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike will find at least four rest stops to be "electrifying." The Turnpike Commission announced recently that four new charging stations will be installed this summer for electric cars. One of those new charging station scheduled to be added along the Pennsylvania Turnpike is at the King of Prussia rest stop gas station, according to the Lancaster New Era. The additions are a part of a $2.5 million project by the commission. Renee Vid Colborn, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, told the Era that a "fill-up" will cost "anywhere between $2 and $5, depending on the charging station we put in and the utilities." For the full story on the summer project, visit the full …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Crews will be removing the remnants of the Valley Hill Road bridge in Charlestown Township from midnight to 6 a.m.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike will close between the Downingtown (Exit 312) and Valley Forge (Exit 326) interchanges Sunday morning from midnight to 6 a.m. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in March began work to remove a bridge in Charlestown Township that will be replaced by a new bridge after the turnpike is widened. The turnpike is being closed for safety reasons as steel girders are removed Sunday. Below is the full release with suggested detour routes from the PA Turnpike Commission: PA Turnpike to close for Six Hours Early Sunday for Bridge Work I-76 will shut down from midnight to 6 a.m. between Valley Forge and Downingtown. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission cautions motorists that a 14-mile stretch of the toll road will be …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Interest rate swaps by Pa. Turnpike Commission cost taxpayers and motorists at least $108.9 million, according to Pa. Auditor General Jack Wagner
Wednesday, January 9
The following press release was provided by the Pa. Auditor General: Auditor General Jack Wagner said that an audit released Wednesday of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has found that the turnpike’s involvement in interest-rate swaps has cost Pennsylvania taxpayers and turnpike motorists at least $108.9 million. Turnpike tolls rose Jan. 6 Wagner said the turnpike’s strategy was to use the swaps to save money, but it has instead proved to further saddle the debt-ridden commission by not using conventional fixed-rate bonds to finance its debt. Under Act 44, a Lease and Funding Agreement was entered into by the turnpike and PennDOT, which requires the turnpike to pay PennDOT $450 million a year, or nearly $24 billion, over a period of …
Friday, January 4, 2013
A driver is airlifted to hospital after truck overturns at Valley Forge Turnpike ramp, snarling traffic in the region.
The morning commute was brought to a crawl for thousands of drivers who pass through the busy area where the Schuylkill Expressway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (both I-76) meet at the Valley Forge/King of Prussia interchange. A tractor-trailer hauling a containerized shipping unit like the ones carried on ocean-going cargo ships flipped on its side on the on ramp from Valley Forge to the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike. Crews from Berwyn, Radnor, King of Prussia, Norristown and other Montgomery County fire and rescue companies responded to the scene of the wreck, which happened around 7:15 a.m. The driver was pulled from the crushed cab and airlifted to the emergency crew. Crews then needed until about 11:15 a.m. to get the trailer …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Traffic backed up four miles after car carrier catches fire, according to Turnpike Commission.
Update 5:42 p.m.: CBS Radio (KYW-1060AM) is reporting that traffic has begun moving again, after reaching a backup length of about 8 miles. Early reports from the Turnpike Commission indicate that the truck might have blown a tire, sparking a fire that then spread to some of the cars being transported. This has not been confirmed by investigators at the scene. Original story continues below A truck fire halted traffic in both directions of the Pennsyvlania Turnpike in Chester County Thursday afternoon. A car-carrier truck caught fire around 3:09 p.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes near Route 29, at mile 319 between the Valley Forge and Downingtown interchanges, according to a Turnpike Commission spokesperson. As of 4:06 p.m., the truck …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
E-ZPass trips will cost 2% more, cash trips 10% more. What's your reaction? Tell us in the comments below.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced Friday afternoon that it had approved toll increases for 2013. Starting Sunday, Jan. 6, drivers will see a 10 percent increase if paying cash, or 2 percent if paying through an E-ZPass account. The new rates are projected to bring in 3 percent more revenue and nudge drivers toward the E-ZPass system. Drivers paying electronically with E-ZPass will pay 25 percent less than those who pay in cash, up from 17 percent in 2012, and the annual fee will drop from $6 to $3 for noncommercial customers. “Implementing this toll increase generates the needed revenue to satisfy our annual transportation-funding obligation of $450 million to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while at the same time …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Construction crews will close a lane as they work from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. between Downingtown and Valley Forge.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
There will lane closures on the turnpike in the East Whiteland area Wednesday night. Motorists are advised to plan for delays between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. The following information comes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: [M]otorists traveling on the Turnpike (I-76) east from Downingtown (Exit #312) to Valley Forge (Exit #326) should be prepared for a single-lane closure tonight, Wednesday (May 30) between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. tomorrow morning. At 8 p.m. construction crews will establish a single-lane pattern, closing the left lane eastbound between milepost 325-326 during road surface drilling activities until the pattern is lifted by 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Motorists approaching the Valley Forge Interchange should stay …
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Delays, which will occur Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., will continue through mid-May.
Starting Monday, April 23 and continuing through mid-May, motorists traveling on I-76 east from Downingtown and west from Valley Forge may experience "intermittent single-lane closures, slow-moving traffic and multiple stoppages of no more than 15 minutes," according to a press release from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The closures and delays—which are due to the installation of steel beams over the turnpike—will take place Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The press release continues: Allan A. Myers, the general contractor building the all-electronic toll facility, will begin erecting steel beams over the Turnpike mainline on Monday night where the new overhead bridge is under construction at milepost …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Morehall, Yellow Springs and Howells roads will see restrictions and closures as crews work on the new Route 29 interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Editor's note: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission broke ground in March 2011 on construction of a new, E-ZPass-only interchange at Route 29 in East Whiteland. The interchange is slated to be open to traffic by fall 2012. As crews clear the construction area, drivers will see restrictions on some local roads. The following information comes Mimi Doyle, a spokesperson for the PTC. ----------------------- [B]elow is a brief outline of project related traffic restrictions, road closures and detour information occurring next week. Yellow Springs Road will be detoured over North Valley Road, East Swedesford Road, and Route 29 (Morehall Road). Local access will be maintained up to the construction zone. Closed Saturday (March 31) between the …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The paces and traffic stoppages will take place between Valley Forge and Downingtown interchanges, as excavation is performed for the new East Whiteland interchange.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Editor's note: The following information is an excerpt from a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission press release. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reports that motorists traveling on the Turnpike (I-76) east from Downingtown and west from Valley Forge will experience slow-moving traffic and stoppages of no more than 15 minutes [from] December 20-22. The weekly bi-directional traffic paces and stoppages are scheduled to continue Tuesday - Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. until February 2012. Allan A. Myers, the general contractor building the all-electronic toll facility, will resume excavating the rock slope adjacent to the westbound Turnpike mainline and requires traffic paces and 15-minute stoppages to safely complete blasting without…