Monday, May 13, 2013
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling eastbound on the PA Turnpike (I-276), between Norristown and Ft. Washington interchanges, to be prepared for a double-lane traffic pattern to be in effect tonight.
From PennDOT: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling eastbound on the PA Turnpike (I-276), between the Norristown (Exit #333) and Ft. Washington (Exit #339) Interchanges, to be prepared for a double-lane traffic pattern to be in effect tonight, Monday (May 13) starting at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. Construction crews will establish a double-lane pattern eastbound, closing the right lane at 8 p.m. and the center lane at 10 p.m. during bridge deck patching operations between milepost 334.5 – 338.5 until the patterns are lifted by 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Motorists should stay alert for slow moving or stopped traffic approaching the Norristown interchange and obey the posted 40 mph speed restrictions …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Locations near the PA 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. According to the Lancaster New Era, a new charging station is scheduled to be added along the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the King of Prussia rest stop gas station. 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." "The charging stations will be positioned near the rear of the service plaza…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
With six interchanges, Montgomery County tops the list for Turnpike exits.
Thursday, March 14
The county has enough traffic issues. Transportation Planning Chief Leo D. Bagley wants to make sure, as the 10-year plan for the Pennsylvania Turnpike falls into place, no more arise. Montgomery County has six interchanges, "more than any other county in the state," Bagley told PhillyBurbs.com. "We want to make sure that our other roads do not get overwhelmed when traffic just rushes off the interchange when motorists do not have to stop and pay tolls,." As the state plans to make all toll plazas electronic (and not manned by humans), Bagley has a keen eye on the state to make sure Montgomery County's roads are not too backed up in the process. “We want to make sure that this free flow of traffic onto the Schuylkill Expressway and Route …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
According to a website that maps census data, rental prices in the Upper Dublin Patch coverage area vary quite a bit.
If you rent in the Upper Dublin Township area, you'll be interested to know that your monthly rent might be higher than your neighbors. A website called RichBlocksPoorBlocks.com has broken down these facts into a very digestable, detailed, yet understandable interactive map. Do you want to know what the renters "next door" are paying? Do you need to beef up your negotiations with your landlord? This map can help. As you can see from the image, those in the east portion of the township are paying an average of $818 in monthly rent. Their counterparts in the west side of the township are paying $1,375 in an average monthly rent. According to the site, the map uses data from Census reports. "All data come from the 2007-2011 American Community…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Three sought in grocery store thefts, high school student seriously hurt in crash also make headlines.
Saturday, February 9
The 20-year-old victim was trying to hop a fence separating the two tracks on Thursday evening when he was struck by a westbound train. The senior at the regional Catholic high school in Upper Providence Township was on her way home through Limerick Township when she was involved in a head-on collision. A Lansdale Borough Police officer fired in June 2010 for failing to appear at a preliminary hearing — and allegedly lying during Loudermill hearings with borough police officials and administrators as to why he missed the hearing — had his job reinstated by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge in January. The borough is appealing. A car traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike lost control and ended up falling 65 feet below, …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The body of the victim, a 20-year-old U.S. Marine, was only positively identified earlier this year.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Late on the morning of November 18, 1968, 44 years ago this Sunday, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper patrolling the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Downingtown interchange came upon a man in a seated position along the side of the roadway. The trooper stopped to check on the man's well being. The man, who carried no identification, was dead. He had been stabbed once through the heart. A tattoo on his arm of a helmeted bulldog with the letters "USMC" below it strongly suggested that he'd once been in the Marine Corps, but authorities had no other clues to his identity. He was interred as a John Doe, and four decades passed. On the Doe Network, Pennsylvania Missing Persons [editor's note: links include coroner's photographs that may …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Michael San Felice, of West Norriton, was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and community leader.
Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150) held a press conference on Monday afternoon, releasing details about the a Pennsylvania Turnpike employee killed in a tragic crash involving an overturned box truck on the turnpike in Plymouth Meeting earlier in the morning. The Turnpike employee is identified as Michael San Felice, 66, of West Norriton Township. According to an earlier Patch report, San Felice was conducting routine maintenance on the side of the road when the crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. At the press conference, Vereb was accompanied by surviving members of San Felice’s family, including his two daughters, Joyce Ronan and Monica Spataccino. Further surviving members of San Felice’s family include his wife of 43 years, Kathleen, as well as their…
A turnpike commission spokeswoman confirmed that a worker was killed while doing "routine maintenance" Monday morning.
Last updated 12:13 p.m. A Pennsylvania Turnpike maintenance worker was killed Monday morning when a tractor-trailer overturned in the eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Mimi Doyle, Public Information Manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, told Patch. Doyle said that the worker was doing "routine maintenance on the side of the road," but was unable to say whether the worker was on foot or inside a vehicle at the time of the accident. At the scene, road workers could be seen saluting as what was apparently the worker's body was loaded into a maroon SUV with flashing emergency lights. The accident closed the roadway between the Valley Forge and Norristown interchanges at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. The eastbound lanes of the…
Friday, July 6, 2012
Two injured; traffic slowed.
A two-vehicle crash at mile marker 335.6 on the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike closed the roadway for much of Friday afternoon, and required emergency responders to rescue one driver from his vehicle. The scene was cleared by 4:45 p.m. The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety said that two people were injured in the crash, which involved a maintenance vehicle operated by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. According to Fort Washington Fire Company Chief Eric Clauson, a Toyota pick-up truck struck the maintenance vehicle, also a pickup truck, which was turned up onto its roof. Clauson believes the maintenance vehicle may have been stopped at the time of the accident. FWFC firefighters then used an extrication device…
Monday, May 14, 2012
State lawmakers might raise the Pennsylvania Turnpike speed limit to 70 miles per hour. Do you support the move?
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Turnpike Commission to raise the Pennsylvania Turnpike speed limit to 70 miles per hour. The House Transportation Committee recently approved the measure, which would affect sections of both the Northeast Extension and the rest of the turnpike. Supporters of the measure say the change makes sense because vehicles are safer and the turnpike is wider, flatter and straighter thanks to road improvements. There is no timetable for when - or if - the bill will come to a vote. Turnpike officials say the speed limit change would not be made without additional study and would apply only to some portions of the road. Do you think the speed limit should be raised? Vote in our poll and add …