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PA Turnpike News
« on: February 16, 2009, 05:29:14 PM »

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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009, 09:52:54 PM »

Now they can put that $21,000 they used to pay in dues towards their projects.  Seems that cutting back has become a trend lately with the PTC as they closed down the MFE/SB Project Office in Duquesne.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2009, 03:45:42 PM »

Maybe they can actually make I-70 a freeway by using that money to help build an I-70 interchange with I-76/Pennsylvania Turnpike(with no signals or shopping centers off it)
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009, 04:43:42 PM »

Maybe they can actually make I-70 a freeway by using that money to help build an I-70 interchange with I-76/Pennsylvania Turnpike(with no signals or shopping centers off it)

The idea of a direct connection was killed thanks in part to Bud Shuster.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2009, 04:56:54 PM »

The idea of a direct connection was killed thanks in part to Bud Shuster.

Man he was busy!

Isn't he out of office now?  :clap:
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2009, 06:02:13 PM »

local opposition would put a quick stop to that
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2009, 08:53:29 PM »

Isn't he out of office now?  :clap:

He retired earlier this decade, but his son Bill now holds his former seat.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2009, 08:55:06 PM »

local opposition would put a quick stop to that

That's exactly what happened.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2009, 09:58:38 PM »

If anybody needs an easier way to Norfolk/Va. Beach from The Pittsburgh area, I can give it to you.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2009, 10:01:44 PM »

The Pa. Turnpike is a PURE JOKE for a toll road. Those tunnels are old and outdated. The speed limit should be cut back to 60. The N.J. Turnpike is more smoother and wider. Go figure.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2009, 12:49:13 PM »

Not to mention it carries more traffic being located in the Megalopolis so it should be wider.

The sections of Pennsylvania's that have been rebuilt are much improved over the old highway; however, I'd prefer the PTC had added a third lane to all rebuilt sections as part of the plans.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2009, 08:25:57 PM »

From the PA Turnpike Website:  (http://www.paturnpike.com/rttc/AdvisoryInfo.aspx?ID=121614)

Title:      Planned Detour Interstate 76 Carlisle to Breezewood
Location:    226-Carlisle AND 161-Breezewood   Mileposts: 226.5-161.5
 Direction:
 All    Lanes Affected:
All Lanes    Traffic Flow:
At or Near Posted Speed Limits    ETA:
3/15/2009 @ 4:00 AM
   Report Type:   Update   Date/Time:   3/12/2009 6:45 PM
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Please be advised of a planned detour this weekend on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, between the Carlisle Exit 226 and Breezewood Exit 161 interchanges. The detour is scheduled Saturday night March 14th into Sunday March 15th, and will begin at 11:00 pm for Eastbound motorists by closing the Breezewood Interchange Exit 161. Westbound motorists will be detoured at 11:45 pm when crews close traffic at Carlisle Interchange Exit 226. Blue Mountain Exit 201, Willow Hill Exit 189 and Fort Littleton Exit 180 traffic intending to travel Westbound will be permitted to enter the system. The detours are required so that crews can demolish two overhead bridges located in Cumberland County.

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Now that's some detour!

The most logical alternate route to me seems to be US 30 between Breezewood and Chambersburg and I-81 between Chamberburg and Carlisle.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2009, 09:28:16 PM »

Now that's some detour!

The most logical alternate route to me seems to be US 30 between Breezewood and Chambersburg and I-81 between Chamberburg and Carlisle.

That is more for trucks to use rather than trying to negotiate the winding, narrow US 30 over the mountains.

After the complaints the PTC received after the numerous accidents in the MP 75-85 reconstruction zone and resulting closures of the mainline with traffic detoured over PA 31, they route traffic via higher capacity routes.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2009, 07:32:15 PM »

Gov fires corruption 'target' chair Rubin from Penn Turnpike Commission

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4069
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2009, 08:10:22 PM »

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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2009, 07:39:49 PM »

Once again....

From the PA Turnpike Website:  (http://www.paturnpike.com/rttc/AdvisoryInfo.aspx?ID=121812)

Updated:      3/26/2009 12:02 PM
Title:    Planned Detour - Interstate 76 Carlisle to Breezwood
Location:    161-Breezewood AND 226-Carlisle   Mileposts: 161-226
 Direction:
 All    Lanes Affected:
All Lanes    Traffic Flow:
At or Near Posted Speed Limits    ETA:
3/29/2009 @ 5:00 AM
   Report Type:   Initial   Date/Time:   3/26/2009 12:02 PM
Comments:
Please be advised of a planned detour this weekend on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Carlisle (Exit 226) and Breezewood (Exit 161) interchanges. The detour is scheduled Saturday night March 28th into Sunday March 29th and will begin at 11:00 pm. for Eastbound motorists by closing the Breezewood Interchange (Exit #161) and then Westbound motorist will be detoured at 11:45 pm. when crews close traffic at Carlisle Interchange (Exit #226). Traffic intending to travel Westbound from Willow Hill (Exit #189) and Fort Littleton (Exit #180) will be permitted to enter the system. The detours are required so that crews can demolish two overhead bridges located in Cumberland County
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2009, 10:20:24 AM »

The truck stops and businesses along the I-70 stretch of US 30 will never allow a direct connection the PA Tpke to I-70.  It would kill business at the truck stops and gas stations along that 1/2 mile stretch.  Even though a direct-connect would keep "turnpike to freeway" traffic moving, it actually comes in quite handy for a quick pit-stop at Breezewood.  I kinda would hate to see a direct connection, it would push me to keep driving instead of stopping to grab a drink, a bite to eat, and use the facilities for a quick 15-30 minute break.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2009, 03:56:27 PM »

The PA Turnpike Authority has completed reconstruction and six-laning on the western 10 miles  http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4174

EDIT: fixed to show right authority
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2009, 05:16:47 PM »

PennDOT has nothing to do with the Turnpike system.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2009, 07:45:02 PM »

Its also Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2009, 07:47:14 PM »

Unfortunately, it's a tossup to whether PennDOT or the PTC is more disorganized and corrupt.  X-(
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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2009, 09:01:47 PM »

Personally, my opinion of PennDOT has improved hugely since they opened ECMS to guest users.  It is now possible to see what they are actually doing in terms of construction.  The PTC hasn't gotten to that point yet.
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2009, 09:32:30 PM »

Personally, my opinion of PennDOT has improved hugely since they opened ECMS to guest users.  It is now possible to see what they are actually doing in terms of construction.  The PTC hasn't gotten to that point yet.

Well, I've never lost the bad taste in my mouth from the Milton Shapp administration in the 1970s.  So, I am definitely biased here. :-P
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Re: PA Turnpike News
« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2009, 12:47:39 AM »

The PTC is once again debating what to do with the Allegheny Mountain Tunnel:  http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09151/973812-147.stm.
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