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2014-03-05 12:20:15

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are seeking volunteers for this year's Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs through May 31. The statewide cleanup is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners through which interested individuals and groups can create cleanup events. Groups involved in PennDOT's Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, which...

2014-02-25 12:21:03

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett announced today that 33 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain more than 43,000 jobs across Pennsylvania were approved today for funding from three PennDOT-managed programs. "Pennsylvania has more operating railroads than any other state, and investing in our rail freight network keeps these invaluable assets in prime position to generate economic growth and jobs,'' Corbett said. "Improving rail...

2014-02-12 20:20:24

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennDOT announced today that five teams have submitted statements of qualification for the department's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, an innovative Public Private Partnership (P3) aimed at reducing the state's number of structurally deficient bridges. Through the project, at least 500 bridges of similar design would be replaced under one contract. Cost savings are anticipated since the same basic design and construction standards...

2014-02-06 16:20:27

Incidents and Construction Now Available For All State Roads HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's 511PA traveler information system is now providing motorists with better access to traffic information with a new and improved website, www.511PA.com, as well as improved phone and personal-alert systems. The redesigned website, which works on both computers and mobile devices, provides free, 24-hour travel information for thousands of miles of state...

2014-02-06 16:20:23

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett announced today that Pennsylvania's new transportation plan will allow PennDOT to distribute $345 million in liquid fuels payments to certified municipalities on March 3 to help them maintain their roads and bridges. The allocation is $25.1 million more than the 2013 figure, roughly an 8 percent increase. "This investment helps our towns meet the tough challenge of maintaining municipality-owned roads and...

2014-01-28 16:20:10

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the direction of Governor Corbett, PennDOT has extended the temporary waiver on certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of heating oil and propane gas to homes and businesses for heating purposes. "Winter shows no signs of easing its barrage of bitterly cold weather, and we are extending the waiver to prevent any possibility of people being left without deliveries of fuel," said...

2014-01-10 12:21:39

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To ensure that much-needed heating fuel can reach Pennsylvanians with no interruptions, PennDOT has temporarily waived certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for the smooth delivery of heating oil and propane gas to homes and businesses for heating purposes. "With the repeated winter-weather events and bitterly cold temperatures Pennsylvania has endured recently, Governor Corbett has acted quickly so homeowners...

2014-01-09 12:21:36

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Although Pennsylvania is heading for a January thaw, safe winter driving skills will be called on again soon, and as part of the state's first Winter Driving Awareness Week, PennDOT is asking all drivers to be ready. Winter Driving Awareness Week, Jan. 12-18, highlights the need for motorists to keep safety in mind throughout the winter season. "During Winter Driving Awareness Week I'm asking all motorists to do their part to help...

2014-01-02 12:20:09

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With possible winter storms forecast in the days and weeks ahead, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today explained that while crews will work around the clock as needed, roads will not be free of ice and snow while precipitation is falling. "PennDOT follows weather forecasts just like our customers do, but the bottom line is that weather is unpredictable and we need to be prepared for quick changes in weather and road...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'