PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 12

March 23, 2020

With construction season on hold, PennDOT working its way through unique challenges   

Under an order from Gov. Tom Wolf designed to slow the spread of the virus, the department has shut down all construction across the state and ordered as many workers as possible to work from home. 

After public criticism, Pa. turnpike to reopen restrooms at service plazas Friday   

In a news release, the agency said restrooms inside all service plazas will be open 24 hours. The outdoor portable toilets installed earlier this week will remain in place at the service plazas for approximately one week, the commission said. 

Truck drivers impacted by service plaza limits on PA Turnpike   

PennDOT is opening up 13 of its rest areas along the state’s highways, after truckers and legislators voiced their concerns. 10 portable toilets and two hand washing stations: that’s what all drivers dealt with at the PA Turnpike Cumberland Valley rest stop. 

With highway rest stops closed, PennDOT tells truckers to use privately owned ones   

In response to concerns about shuttered highway rest stops, PennDOT is advising truckers to patronize privately owned truck stops. KYW Newsradio’s Harrisburg bureau chief Tony Romeo reports. 

PennDOT closes driver, photo license centers, extends expiration dates   

For driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from Monday through March 31, the expiration date is now extended until April 30. For vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through March 31, the expiration date is now extended until April 30. For persons with disabilities, parking placards scheduled to expire by March 31, the expiration date is now extended until April 30. 

No road construction: PennDOT shuts down offices, operations over coronavirus emergency   

PennDOT is suspending all operations, including construction, except critical and emergency work as coronavirus concerns continue to spread throughout Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Turnpike won’t accept cash to help stop spread of coronavirus   

If you plan to take the Pennsylvania Turnpike over the next two weeks, you won’t be handing cash or a credit card to a toll worker. 


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