BLOG: PennDOT, Turnpike 70 mph Zones Expand with Eye on Safety

first_img May 04, 2016 The Turnpike speed limit has been 70 mph on a 97-mile stretch in south-central Pennsylvania between the Blue Mountain and Morgantown interchanges since the summer of 2014. All remaining sections of the PA Turnpike system that are now posted at 65 mph — including Turnpike extensions in southwestern PA — will be signed for 70 mph this week. Areas of the PA Turnpike now posted at 55 mph will remain at 55 mph.Combined with the 201 combined miles of Turnpike and PennDOT roadways already at 70 mph since July 2014, this move makes 997 total 70 mph miles of roadway in the state.That being said, with the summer travel season fast approaching, let’s all drive safely on every Pennsylvania roadway. By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation Infrastructure,  The Blog,  Transportation We made a major announcement this week, alongside the Turnpike Commission: 70 mph speed limits have been added to 396 additional miles of the Turnpike and 400 additional miles of certain PennDOT highways.Taking this step followed thorough analysis on geometry, engineering, crash data, regional factors and preliminary results from pilot locations. And moving forward we’ll continue monitoring our original pilot locations along with these new 70 mph sections, keeping safety top of mind.Drivers should also know that this boost for traffic flow wasn’t just made possible by Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan. Each road seeing the 70 mph speed was designed to handle that speed or higher.As with any type of weather and with any roadway speed, I urge all motorists to treat posted speed limits as speed maximums, not minimums – that’s the case whether the limit is 35 mph or 70 mph.This applies especially in work zones where men and women may be working just inches away from traffic. Obey the speed limits posted for these work zones – these people all deserve to get home safely.Here are the PennDOT roadways being posted with the new limit over the next few days (including current pilot areas):I-79 from I-90 in Erie County south to a point just north of the PA 228 interchange in Butler County (97 miles)I-79 from I-70 in Washington County south to the West Virginia border (33 miles)I-80 from the Ohio State border east to a point near mile marker 190 in Clinton County (190 miles)I-80 from a point near mile marker 195 in Union County to a point near mile marker 247 in Columbia County (52 miles)US 15 from the interchange with PA 14 in Lycoming County north to the New York State border (49 miles)I-99 from Exit No. 68 in Centre County south to a point near mile marker 34 in Blair County (34 miles)I-99 from Exit No. 28 in Blair County south to mile marker 0 (PA Turnpike) in Bedford County (28 miles)I-380 from I-84 in Lackawanna County south to Exit No. 3 in Monroe County (21 miles) BLOG: PennDOT, Turnpike 70 mph Zones Expand with Eye on Safety Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Three takeaways from 76ers’ dominant Christmas Day win over Bucks

first_imgMilwaukee never had a chance to overcome a significant deficit. The Bucks found themselves down by 21 points after only 24 minutes of action, the team’s largest halftime deficit under coach Mike Budenholzer. Antetokounmpo struggled from the field all game long, and his supporting cast couldn’t pick up the slack.MORE: Takeaways from Clippers’ impressive victory over LakersHere are three takeaways from the Sixers’ Christmas Day destruction of the Bucks.This is what peak Joel Embiid looks likeThe All-Star center set the tone early with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the first half. He scored in the paint, from midrange and beyond the arc.23 PTS | 8-11 FGM | 3 3PMJoel Embiid drops a season-high for any half for the @sixers at home! #NBAXmas📺: ABC pic.twitter.com/DGk8tBn0dI— LIVE on ABC: MIL@PHI (@NBA) December 25, 2019Even more impressive than Embiid’s scoring output was his defense. He consistently bothered Antetokounmpo at the rim and forced him into difficult attempts, no small feat considering “The Greak Freak” had averaged 31.0 points per game on 56.6 percent shooting prior to Wednesday’s loss.These stampedes in transition usually result in easy dunks for Antetokounmpo. That wasn’t the case with Embiid waiting in the paint.A stocking stuffer. pic.twitter.com/nhrVGpCTjh— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 25, 2019🚫 Joel Embiid defends the paint! 🚫@Bucks 54@sixers 73#NBAXmas on ABC pic.twitter.com/2RkySr2S4R— LIVE on ABC: MIL@PHI (@NBA) December 25, 2019″I wanna be Defensive Player of the Year, and I feel like tonight I showed it,” Embiid said after the game.Embiid was simply unstoppable on offense and a brick wall on defense. He carried himself like the best player on the planet. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a very bad Christmas DayAs mentioned above, Antetokounmpo struggled against Embiid, scoring just 18 points on 8-of-27 shooting from the field. While Giannis has made great strides with his jump shot, he was 0-of-7 on 3-pointers against the 76ers. His defenders were willing to back off and wait for him in the paint.To make matters worse, Giannis only took four trips to the free throw line, a major drop from his season average of 10.5. He didn’t get a friendly whistle, and his frustration boiled over in the fourth quarter when he got smacked in the face by Sixers guard Josh Richardson and didn’t hear a whistle on the play — until he later received a technical foul for arguing with a referee.Giannis was heated after getting poked in the eye 😡 pic.twitter.com/FxjNCF17tA— ESPN (@espn) December 25, 2019But while Philadelphia defended Antetokounmpo over four quarters better than any team has this season, let’s not use one national TV dud to label Giannis and the Bucks as frauds. He’s allowed to have an off game, and you better believe this one will stick in his mind until he faces the 76ers again. Sixers + Shooting = ScaryPhilly isn’t known for its shooting prowess, but the 76ers burned down the nets in this contest.They started off 6-of-13 from 3-point range in the first quarter and 11-of-22 in the first half. They didn’t cool off down the stretch, tying a franchise record with 21 3-point buckets as a team, including a team-high five makes from Tobias Harris.He’s a gift.@tobias31 | #PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/icakN7qXOe— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 25, 2019The Sixers’ spacing will never be perfect as long as Embiid and Ben Simmons are sharing the court, but just enough shooting from guys like Harris, Josh Richardson and Furkan Korkmaz can change the entire offense and open up the floor. The Bucks entered the Wells Fargo Center with the best record in the NBA and this season’s leading MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 76ers didn’t care about any of that.Philadelphia ran Milwaukee off the floor Wednesday afternoon, cruising to a 121-109 win behind a terrific performance from Joel Embiid, who finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Nearly every Sixers player shot well from the outside, as Philly went 21-of-44 from 3-point range (47.7 percent) against the league’s No. 1 defense.last_img read more