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PennDOT to start the construction season, urges drivers to slow down

April 24, 2018 News Extra

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Butler County 2018 construction season map, provided by the PennDOT.gov website.

PennDOT: Butler County Projects

  • Interstate 79 middle and north sections resurfacing in Lawrence, Jackson, Lancaster, Muddy Creek and worth townships; nearly $26 million
  • SR 422 Moraine State Park Access Project in Muddy Creek and Worth townships, $4.3 million
  • SR 228 Cox's Corner Roundabout Project in Clinton Township, nearly $6 million
  • SR 228 Pittsburgh Street Intersection improvements in Adams Township, nearly $8 million
  • SR 3015 Group Bridges Project in Forward Township, $2.6 million
  • SR 4012 Group Bridges Project in Marion and Mercer townships, $4.4 million
  • SR 19 Harmony North Resurfacing Project in Lancaster and Muddy Creek townships, $3.4 million

See the a larger version of PennDOT's Butler County construction season map here.

Remember to Slow Down

While some motorists may see work zones as orange barrels and increased traffic, they're much more than that.

Behind those traffic control devices and machinery are people, and according to Deborah Casadei, PennDOT public information officer, they include husbands, wives, sons, daughters and parents.

“We want to make sure these workers get home safely to the ones that love them,” she said.

In an effort to remind the traveling public of their responsibility when driving in work zones, PennDOT officials on Tuesday brought together representatives from various stages of road projects, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police to ask motorists to slow down and pay attention. Casadei said last year, Pennsylvania saw 1,800 crashes resulting in 1,100 injuries and 19 deaths. While that number is declining, it still leaves something to be desired.

“We want to get to zero,” she said.

To do that, PennDOT officials say drivers should obey the speed limit, pay attention to flaggers, turn on headlights, maintain a safe distance from surrounding vehicles and avoid distractions. This includes texting while driving, an infraction that has only gotten more prevalent in recent years.

Captain Steve Ignatz, commanding officer for state police Troop D in Butler, said drivers who don't follow work zone rules face doubled fines and significant ramifications for their driving privileges. He said the troop works with PennDOT to put officers in work zones and utility vehicles to monitor for infractions and to keep speeds down.

A full story appears in the Butler Eagle.

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