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Saturday, November 12, 2016

PennDOT Region is ready for Winter with Traffic Management Center

Staff high-lighted services offered through Regional Traffic Management Center in Clearfield

Clearfield, PA – A traffic management center at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s District 2 office in Clearfield will provide services this winter to three PennDOT Districts for the first time. 

The Regional Traffic Management Center at PennDOT’s Clearfield office is PennDOT’s fourth RTMC. Staff of the RTMC will provide service this year to the nine counties in District 2 (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter), the nine counties of District 3 (Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union), and the six counties in District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset)

Denny Prestash
Denny Prestash, the supervisor of the Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC), led a contingent of employees who met with media today to review many of the tools and services that the RTMC provides. 

Those services include 24/7 year ‘round monitoring and posting of road and bridge restrictions/closures, managing weather-related incidents, and over-sight of Intelligent Transportation Systems, which include traffic cameras, message boards, and Highway Advisory Radio.

Across the 3 districts, there are 94 Closed Circuit TV cameras, 105 Digital Message Signs, 33 Highway Advisory radio transmitters, 68 HAR beacons, 2 bridge sprayers, 2 queue detection systems, 1 curve warning system, 32 Remote Traffic Microwave sensors, 1 high cross winds system, 1 low visibility system, and 1 truck warning system.

Karen Michael, District Executive in District 2 noted ”The services offered this year by our new Regional Traffic Management Center will provide us with situational awareness and timely, accurate information that we can pass on to the traveling public. The services we’ll provide through the RTMC are a part of Governor Wolf’s “Government that Works” agenda.

In winter, the tools used through the RTMC allow staff to monitor weather events and traffic-related incidents and plan for what’s needed in regard to material and personnel, and make decisions about speed reductions and road closures.

District 2 staff was joined today by Tom Prestash, District Executive of PennDOT District 9 and Lara Lapinski, Signals Engineer for PennDOT District 3.

PennDOT features all of its winter information on its web site at: The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 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 800 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.

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Anonymous said...

What a waste of money.
How did we ever manage through winter without a traffic management center.
It's no wonder PA is broke.

Anonymous said...

Management is fine but it doesn't put salt and antiskid on the roads!! You can't plow and salt sitting in a building. Must be out to see actually what it is like on the roads. Agree, what a waste.

Anonymous said...

The plow truck drivers can't go out on the road until this rtmc says they can

Anonymous said...

Exactly right 5:37

Anonymous said...

Really 5:37? What about all the shaded areas that freeze first that are not viewed by a camera? All the drifting that is not viewed by a camer? Don't the Counties make their own choice when to send crews?

Anonymous said...

Nope penn dots "procedures" for snow removal are a sick joke a school bus should not be plowing drifted snow with their bumper because penn dot has not touched the road and go ahead and criticize my post i can see one of the drivers home from my front door he is a 3rd shift driver and home by the time i leave for work 3 am and a plow does not touch the roads before 7 i have 2 children in school and pay my taxes which are apparently being wasted as usual instead of new buildings you do not need fix the roads so when they are "plowed" it actually removes the snow and how about salt instead of left over dirt from cutting berms back

Anonymous said...

Can't understand your ramble.

Anonymous said...

It is what it is, stop grumbling
Ya can't change what it is for goodness sakes, Be Happy !!