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

Lyon bites back for Australia in final session

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyDHARAMSALA, India(Reuters)-Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed four wickets in the final session to halt India’s progress and help restrict the hosts to 248 for six on the second day of the fourth and final Test on Sunday.At 157 for two, and with the dependable Cheteshwar Pujara and stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane looking set in the middle, India appeared to have the upper hand before Lyon (4-67) intervened after tea.In the first over of the final session, Lyon sent back Pujara for 57 and went on to dismiss Karun Nair, Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin to deflate the hosts.Ravindra Jadeja clobbered a couple of sixes and was batting on 16 at the close, while Wriddhiman Saha was on 10, having survived two reviews and a dropped catch.India are still 52 runs behind Australia’s first innings total of 300 in the decider of the four-Ttest series which is level at 1-1.“It’s an unbelievable feeling, to be pretty evenly poised after day two,” Lyon told reporters.“I know we probably left a few runs out there but to have India six down for 240-odd after a pretty a good day on the field — (I am) quite happy to be honest.”Pat Cummins and new ball colleague Josh Hazlewood were aggressive in the morning session on a pitch which offered wholesome bounce to the pacemen.Hazlewood was rewarded for constantly attacking the line outside the off-stump when Murali Vijay edged him to Matthew Wade to depart for 11.Fellow opener Lokesh Rahul was hit on the index finger of his right hand by a Hazlewood delivery but the right-hander recovered to score 60 and give India a strong start.The 24-year-old left well, drove elegantly and slog-swept Steve O’Keefe for a six en route to his fifth half-century of the series.The second-wicket partnership was worth 87 runs and was looking ominous until Rahul went for a wild hook, with the bouncer hitting the toe end of his bat before finding David Warner at mid off.Rahane found himself in the line of fire and the otherwise dependable batsman made things difficult for himself by trying to pull and hook his way out of trouble.Pujara, who batted for more than 11 hours in the drawn third test in Ranchi for his 202, played with characteristic calmness at the other end and brought up his fifty with a boundary off Lyon.The off-spinner claimed a major breakthrough when he ended Pujara’s nearly three-and-half hour vigil by getting him caught at short leg.Leading the side in absence of injured regular skipper Virat Kohli, Rahane fell to Lyon for 46 with Australia skipper Steve Smith taking a sharp catch at slip.Ashwin made 30 before he was trapped leg-before by Lyon.“All of us got starts but we could not convert,” Rahul said of his top and middle order colleagues.“We’re happy. (At the) end of the day, (nearly) 250 runs for six wickets was not really the worst day for us.” AUSTRALIA 1st innings 300 (S. Smith 111, M. Wade 57, D. Warner 56; K. Yadav 4-68)India 1st innings (Overnight: 0-0)L. Rahul c Warner b Cummins 60M. Vijay c Wade b Hazlewood 11C. Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon 57A. Rahane c Smith b Lyon 46K. Nair c Wade b Lyon 5R. Ashwin lbw b Lyon 30W. Saha not out 10R. Jadeja not out 16Extras (b-4 lb-9) 13Total (for 6 wickets, 91 overs) 248Fall of wickets: 1-21 M. Vijay,2-108 L. Rahul,3-157 C. Pujara,4-167 K. Nair,5-216 A. Rahane,6-221 R. AshwinTo bat: B. Kumar, K. Yadav, U. YadavBowling: J. Hazlewood 18 – 6 – 40 – 1,P. Cummins 21 – 5 – 59 – 1,N. Lyon 28 – 5 – 67 – 4,S. O’Keefe 24- 4 – 69 – 0.last_img read more