News Flash

Home

Posted on: October 29, 2020

Latest Release from PennDot

PA Logo

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 1 is urging motorists to use caution while driving and avoid traveling during severe weather conditions.

Wintry weather and periods of heavy rain are in the forecast for the coming days for portions of the northwest region. PennDOT maintenance crews in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties are prepared for any inclement weather that might occur. 

“PennDOT started the process of preparing equipment for winter earlier this month,” said Douglas Schofield, PennDOT Assistance District Executive - Maintenance. “Should the weather require, our crews are ready to maintain the roadways as needed during the forecasted changing weather conditions.”

Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock, as needed, to keep the roads safe and passable.

In cases of heavy rain fall, PennDOT urges motorists to be alert for water on roadways, obey warning signs and traffic control devices, and never drive through flooding or standing water on roads. Shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water.


Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths – when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

For motorists who are traveling during times of snow or sleet, PennDOT offers this advice:

    Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.

    Turn on your headlights.

    Stay in your lane.

    Increase your following distance.

    Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.

    Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.

    Use defroster and wipers.

    Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.

    During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.

    Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.

    Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.

    Give ample room for plow truck drivers to treat the roadways and never pass between two trucks operating in a plow line.  

    Always buckle up and never drink and drive.


While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel, and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.

For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit www.penndot.gov/winter. 

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties at www.penndot.gov/District1. 

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAErie or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/northwestregionpenndot. 


MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035


Make sure to follow us on Facebook!
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Roundabout Phase 1

Roundabout Open to Traffic

Posted on: November 2, 2020
Shenango roundabout

Roundabout Moves to Final Phase

Posted on: October 11, 2020
Roundabout Phase 1

Roundabout Update

Posted on: October 1, 2020
Fall 2020 Newsletter Cover

Fall 2020 Newsletter is here!

Posted on: September 28, 2020
2019 Historical Societ Xmas Tree Tour graphic

Holiday Events Postponed to 2021

Posted on: September 8, 2020
Fall Ball

Fall Baseball Registration is Live!

Posted on: August 12, 2020
Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Newsletter!

Posted on: May 20, 2020
Roundabout Phase 1

*UPDATE*Hermitage Roundabout

Posted on: May 13, 2020
PA Logo

PA Stay At Home Order

Posted on: April 1, 2020
PA Logo

PA Primary Election Update

Posted on: April 1, 2020
Seal 450 x 450

UPDATED Media Release - COVID-19

Posted on: March 20, 2020
Seal 450 x 450

Media Release – COVID-19

Posted on: March 17, 2020
Spring Bulk Trash 2020

Spring Bulk Trash Pick Up

Posted on: February 24, 2020
Hard to Recycle Event 2020

Hard - To - Recycle Collection 2020

Posted on: January 10, 2020
HPD PATCH - New

Hermitage Police Dept. hands out awards

Posted on: February 21, 2020
Seal 450 x 450

MEDIA RELEASE - Merger Discussions

Posted on: February 5, 2020
January 2020 Newsletter Cover

Winter Newsletter is out!

Posted on: January 31, 2020
Seal 450 x 450

FAQ - Winter Road Mainteance

Posted on: January 17, 2020
Public Notices

MLK Day - Building Closure January 20th

Posted on: January 13, 2020
Arts Fest 2020

Hermitage Arts Fest Dates Announced!

Posted on: January 9, 2020
PA-Council-Arts-LOGO

Exciting news for the SV Community!

Posted on: December 27, 2019
PA Dept of Agri Icon

EatSafePA

Posted on: December 20, 2019
two natural christmas trees with one lit

Natural Christmas Tree Pick Up

Posted on: December 20, 2019
Census-2020 - United States - people- logo

Your Census 2020 Toolkit

Posted on: December 19, 2019
Seal 450 x 450

Regular Commissioner Meeting tonight

Posted on: December 18, 2019
Hermitage 2030

Road work, new development

Posted on: December 18, 2019
Upgraded DG

Potential New Development

Posted on: December 16, 2019
Census 1

The 2020 Census is here!

Posted on: October 10, 2019
Hermitage 2030 Cover

Hermitage 2030 Comp Plan Final Draft

Posted on: August 14, 2019