Governor Wolf, PennDOT Secretary Announce Plan to Improve Travel Between King of Prussia and Philadelphia Using New Smart Corridor Technologies

first_img June 07, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Transportation King of Prussia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards to announce the start of a long-range, comprehensive, multimodal transportation management plan designed to enhance travel and safety along the Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) corridor between King of Prussia and Philadelphia.“My administration is not only focused on improving our roadways’ condition, but also the time it takes and the experience you have while traveling on them,” Governor Wolf said. “A government that works is one that uses every available resource for maximum impact, which we’re putting into practice on this corridor.”PennDOT plans to employ a series of smart corridor strategies and technologies over the next several years through an integrated corridor management initiative intended to maximize capacity on I-76, optimize traffic flow on adjacent roadways and incentivize transit, bicycle, and pedestrian travel throughout the corridor.The first phase of the plan includes installing a series of Variable Speed Limit (VSL) and Queue Warning (QW) systems on I-76 in Montgomery County. The VSL systems will display regulatory speed limits that can change based on real-time expressway, traffic, and weather conditions to improve traffic flow and safety by warning drivers of changing travel conditions. The QW systems will be deployed to provide real-time displays of electronic warning messages to alert motorists of significant slowdowns ahead to reduce sudden stopping and the potential for rear-end crashes.“We are very focused on investing in and using our technology to make travel safer and smoother,” Richards said. “This initiative is a fantastic example of how we’re wisely using funds to maximize our existing network and improve mobility in the surrounding communities.”Construction on this project begins later this month and will be completed in summer 2019 followed by a six-month testing period. Carr & Duff Inc., of Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the $8,647,955 project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.Preliminary design is currently underway on the next phase of this corridor-wide transportation management plan which will include the modernization of traffic signal systems along several roadways running near the expressway; expansion of public transit service along the Manayunk/Norristown regional rail line; and transforming the existing shoulders on portions of I-76 to accommodate an additional travel lane or “flexible” travel lane during peak travel times.To complement “flexible” lane use on I-76, PennDOT will incorporate additional smart corridor initiatives such as:Ramp Metering: Red and green traffic signals to control the frequency with which vehicles enter the flow of traffic from entrance ramps to increase vehicle throughput during peak hours and increase expressway speeds;Junction Control: The use of overhead electronic signs over travel lanes to regulate or close lanes at merge areas to improve traffic flow at high-volume interchanges, including U.S. 202/U.S. 422, I-476 and U.S. 1;Dynamic Lane Assignments: Overhead electronic signs provide information for each travel lane on the expressway to identify open lanes and alert drivers of upcoming lane closures due to crashes or disabled vehicles; andMultimodal Enhancements: In partnership with SEPTA, PennDOT plans to provide real-time transit information on electronic message signs along I-76 in conjunction with SEPTA’s potential deployment of a Smart Parking pilot program. The message board displays will inform motorists of transit station parking availability and real-time train departure times to better inform citizens of transit travel options. SEPTA also intends to enhance service on the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line.PennDOT will also coordinate with Montgomery County, the City of Philadelphia, and other agencies to seek opportunities to upgrade the Schuylkill River Trail and other multimodal trails along the corridor with improvements, such as better wayfinding, parking and lighting to make this mode a more attractive commuter option.PennDOT is currently coordinating with the Pennsylvania State Police and other EMS agencies to improve emergency response along the corridor.PennDOT’s I-76 active traffic management plan was developed from a feasibility study of I-76 in Montgomery County. The study, which began in late 2014 and was completed in fall 2016, examined the viability and potential benefits associated with applying certain technologies and operational changes on the expressway.For additional details on this corridor-wide improvement plan, visit can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 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.For more PennDOT information, visit or follow the department on Facebook at and Instagram at Governor Wolf, PennDOT Secretary Announce Plan to Improve Travel Between King of Prussia and Philadelphia Using New Smart Corridor Technologieslast_img read more

Old Town downs Ellsworth

first_img GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 The Old Town Coyotes erupted for six runs in the second inning and made that lead stand up in an 8-4 win over the Ellsworth Eagles on Wednesday, May 7, in Old Town.The Eagles matched the Coyotes in hits with nine, but had to settle for single runs in each of four innings.Brandon Braley had a pair of doubles, Sid St. Peter singled twice and drove in two runs, Mitch Domagala doubled and Steve Mahon had a pair of singles for the Eagles.Righthander Conor Maguire went six innings on the mound for Ellsworth, striking out eight, and Nick Bagley pitched an inning in relief.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEric Hoogterp got the complete game win for the Coyotes, striking out six batters.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest Postslast_img read more

Syracuse defeats Louisville, 4-2, with strong performance on 1st serves

first_imgAmanda Rodgers pumped her left fist and let out a scream.Serving at 4-4, 40-30 in the second set, Syracuse’s No. 1 singles player had just watched as a shot from Louisville’s Jessie Lynn Paul sailed wide, giving Rodgers a 5-4 lead. Rodgers then beat Paul in the ensuing game to take the set and the match, 6-2, 6-4.“I was just really happy today that my first serves were going in,” said Rodgers, a contributing writer for The Daily Orange. “I was trying to focus on using my legs more, so maybe that made a difference.”For most of the match, Paul had no answer for Rodgers’ serve. In two sets, the SU senior dropped only one game on serve for the Orange (7-8, 2-7 Atlantic Coast), which earned a 4-2 win over the Cardinals (10-10, 2-5) at Drumlins Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.First serves proved to be a strength throughout the day not only for Rodgers, but also for sophomore Rhiann Newborn, who, like Rodgers, rarely had to resort to her second serve. And like Rodgers, Newborn dropped only one game on serve in her match against Louisville’s Ariana Rodriguez.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn an attempt to explain her success, SU’s third singles player pointed to what she was doing before she served the ball.“I thought I was throwing my toss up at the right spot,” Newborn said. “And then I was hitting through. I wasn’t giving up. I was moving the ball around really well on my serve.”Rodgers and Newborn’s strong serves kept Paul and Rodriguez at the baseline, allowing them to consistently attack the net and control the points.“They’ve been serving quite well for the last few weeks, few months,” Syracuse head coach Younes Limam said of Rodgers and Newborn. “That’s something they rely on a lot, and we just try to remind them to use their strengths and use their serves wisely, and they did a great job on that.”Komal Safdar was the only other Syracuse player to win a singles match. She cruised past Chloe Willetts in straight sets at the fifth spot.The Orange also earned the doubles point. The duo of Newborn and Rodgers topped Ellie Gerlach and Manuela Velasquez, 8-4, while Valeria Salazar and Safdar beat Rodriguez and Elle Stokes, 8-6.But after Syracuse secured the doubles point, it quickly fell behind 2-1 when senior Breanna Bachini and freshman Nicole Mitchell dropped their singles matches in straight sets at the second and fourth spots, respectively.That shifted the burden onto the shoulders of SU’s other singles players, namely Newborn and Rodgers. Fortunately for the Orange, they answered the bell.If that pressure was at all felt by Newborn or Rodgers, neither one of them allowed it to affect her play. Time and time again, they won the points they needed to win. And more often than not, they won those points with their serves.“(Amanda) played extremely well, and same thing with Rhiann,” Limam said. “I’m very pleased with how they handled the pressure, because all of a sudden we were down… They came back and they managed that very well. I’m really happy for them.” Comments Published on March 27, 2015 at 7:06 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more