first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Following a long winter season with dramatic temperature swings, Governor Tom Wolf announced today that PennDOT is mounting an aggressive campaign to accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania as part of a Resurface PA initiative. A significant part of the work will be financed using savings from other projects since Governor Wolf took office.“PennDOT has been at work on this problem for many months, but the severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are further increasing our focus on pothole repairs and also accelerating much-needed work on our interstates.”Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.Other new investments to help address the effects of this year’s particularly long and difficult winter include:$30 million in transportation infrastructure investment funding for interstate improvements;$60 million in PennDOT investments from interstate-project bid savings being reinvested in resurfacing; and$62 million in additional funding for interstate preservation projects.Together, these commitments will make 17 interstate paving and preservation projects covering 255 miles happen at least two years sooner than scheduled, with projects beginning this year and next year. These accelerated projects, which will preserve the pavement surfaces for at least five to six years, build on the 85 interstate projects covering more than 775 miles that are underway or expected to begin or finish this year.“We have improved thousands of miles of roadway in the past three years and we continue to battle potholes across the state each year,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “These investments will address much-needed repairs and preserve several stretches of interstate.”Through the end of April, PennDOT crews had used nearly 23,000 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide, equal to the weight of roughly 1,500 PennDOT dump trucks. In comparison, by the same time in 2017, PennDOT had used 15,418 tons of asphalt and 14,673 tons in 2016. PennDOT has spent more than $17 million on pothole repairs statewide through the end of April this year.With Pennsylvania’s aggressive freeze-thaw cycle, roadways will always experience potholes. PennDOT crews are working vigorously to repair pothole damage on nearly 40,000 miles of state-owned roadway, addressing higher traffic roadways first and working on others as soon as possible. Earlier repairs were temporary because long-lasting asphalt is not available until the weather warms and asphalt plants open operations.Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623). In addition to the potholes addressed through continued monitoring by PennDOT crews, more than 12,365 pothole concerns have been reported to PennDOT and more than 96 percent were addressed through May 21.Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of maintenance concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name, and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.To learn about how potholes form and how PennDOT addresses them, view the department’s “Pothole Patrol” video on its YouTube page, the conversation on social media with #PotholePatrol. Visit PennDOT on Facebook at and Instagram at, or visit us on Twitter at @PennDOTNews. May 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholes, Effects of Long Winterlast_img read more

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first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Working in public safety is a strenuous, and oftentimes, difficult job. The men and women who put themselves in danger to keep our communities safe should not go unnoticed, and their physical and mental health is critical to the jobs they do. I proposed legislation to establish a research fund to further study the effects that mental and physical stress have on our personnel and provide them with the best care.Fire protection, emergency medical services and law enforcement are some of the most difficult jobs in the country. They face both physical and psychological dangers due to their professions. Dropping everything to serve our communities is a noble pursuit, and the extreme conditions of the job can sometimes take its toll on individuals.There have been numerous studies by the National Institute for Public Safety Health or NIPSH that indicate a need for improvements in the overall well-being of our first responders. According to NIPSH, the average age of a firefighter when they experience a heart attack is 49, when the average age for the general public is 66. Additionally, 40 percent of law enforcement officers have a sleep disorder that puts them at a higher risk for depression, stroke, obesity and accidents. These statistics are alarming, and there should be something done to find ways to better improve the health of these brave men and women.My legislation would create a Public Safety Research Fund, directed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, to partner with NIPSH to help oversee Indiana’s studies. The state would conduct research to make recommendations to improve safety equipment and procedures, mental and physical health, and daily routines of our Hoosier first responders.Continuing to improve and build upon existing information concerning the health of our public safety officers is a subject that is close to my heart. These men and women deserve the best resources and information available, and it is my hope that this legislation would help guide us on ways to best serve their needs. If you have any questions or input on this legislation or others, contact me at 317-234-9450 or email read more