Monday, May 13, 2013
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling eastbound on the PA Turnpike (I-276), between Norristown and Ft. Washington interchanges, to be prepared for a double-lane traffic pattern to be in effect tonight.
From PennDOT: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling eastbound on the PA Turnpike (I-276), between the Norristown (Exit #333) and Ft. Washington (Exit #339) Interchanges, to be prepared for a double-lane traffic pattern to be in effect tonight, Monday (May 13) starting at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. Construction crews will establish a double-lane pattern eastbound, closing the right lane at 8 p.m. and the center lane at 10 p.m. during bridge deck patching operations between milepost 334.5 – 338.5 until the patterns are lifted by 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Motorists should stay alert for slow moving or stopped traffic approaching the Norristown interchange and obey the posted 40 mph speed restrictions …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Locations near the PA Turnpike will offer spots to 'plug in.'
This summer, drivers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike will find at least four rest stops to be "electrifying." The Turnpike Commission announced recently that four new charging stations will be installed this summer for electric cars. According to the Lancaster New Era, a new charging station is scheduled to be added along the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the King of Prussia rest stop gas station. The additions are a part of a $2.5 million project by the commission. Renee Vid Colborn, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, told the Era that a "fill-up" will cost "anywhere between $2 and $5, depending on the charging station we put in and the utilities." "The charging stations will be positioned near the rear of the service plaza…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Traffic in both directions is backed up at the Turnpike just before rush hour on Friday.
According to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, a multi-car accident near the 335 mile marker is causing traffic backups in the Norristown exit area. Maintenance crews and emergency services have been dispatched to the scene. Motorists traveling east from Valley Forge should be prepared for slow moving and stopped traffic approaching the Norristown exit.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
With six interchanges, Montgomery County tops the list for Turnpike exits.
Thursday, March 14
The county has enough traffic issues. Transportation Planning Chief Leo D. Bagley wants to make sure, as the 10-year plan for the Pennsylvania Turnpike falls into place, no more arise. Montgomery County has six interchanges, "more than any other county in the state," Bagley told PhillyBurbs.com. "We want to make sure that our other roads do not get overwhelmed when traffic just rushes off the interchange when motorists do not have to stop and pay tolls,." As the state plans to make all toll plazas electronic (and not manned by humans), Bagley has a keen eye on the state to make sure Montgomery County's roads are not too backed up in the process. “We want to make sure that this free flow of traffic onto the Schuylkill Expressway and Route …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Three sought in grocery store thefts, high school student seriously hurt in crash also make headlines.
Saturday, February 9
The 20-year-old victim was trying to hop a fence separating the two tracks on Thursday evening when he was struck by a westbound train. The senior at the regional Catholic high school in Upper Providence Township was on her way home through Limerick Township when she was involved in a head-on collision. A Lansdale Borough Police officer fired in June 2010 for failing to appear at a preliminary hearing — and allegedly lying during Loudermill hearings with borough police officials and administrators as to why he missed the hearing — had his job reinstated by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court judge in January. The borough is appealing. A car traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike lost control and ended up falling 65 feet below, …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Accident shut down westbound lanes of the Turnpike Friday morning.
This article has been updated with information from the Pennsylvania State Police, King of Prussia Barracks: A car traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike Friday morning lost control and ended up falling 65 feet below, to Route 23 near Center Street in West Conshohocken. It landed square in the middle of railroad tracks along the road. Amazingly, police report, only minor injuries were sustained by the car's single occupant, the driver. According to Trooper Kevin Rathman of the Pennsyvania State Police, a 41-year-old female from Reading was traveling west on the turnpike in a 2000 Ford explorer when her vehicle spun out of control. The driver struck the cement median, overturned, and slid over the side of the turnpike, 65 feet down to …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Benjamin Kane is being charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with the October Turnpike crash that killed West Norriton man Michael SanFelice.
According to The Times Herald, 34-year-old Benjamin Joseph Kane waived his Wednesday hearing in an Oreland district court and charges of vehicular manslaughter, aggravated assault ond others were held in connection with the Oct. 22, 2012 Turnpike crash that took the life of PennDOT worker Michael SanFelice. Kane, of West Conshohocken, is accused of crashing his truck into a work zone on the Turnpike and killing 66-year-old Michael SanFelice, of West Norriton, who was working on the scene. According to the Herald, prosecutors may argue that Kane, who was operating with a suspended license at the time of the crash, was texting on his cell phone at the time of the accident. Kane's arraignment is reportedly scheduled for March. Read more about…
Friday, January 4, 2013
A driver is airlifted to hospital after truck overturns at Valley Forge Turnpike ramp, snarling traffic in the region.
The morning commute was brought to a crawl for thousands of drivers who pass through the busy area where the Schuylkill Expressway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (both I-76) meet at the Valley Forge/King of Prussia interchange. A tractor-trailer hauling a containerized shipping unit like the ones carried on ocean-going cargo ships flipped on its side on the on ramp from Valley Forge to the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike. Crews from Berwyn, Radnor, King of Prussia, Norristown and other Montgomery County fire and rescue companies responded to the scene of the wreck, which happened around 7:15 a.m. The driver was pulled from the crushed cab and airlifted to the emergency crew. Crews then needed until about 11:15 a.m. to get the trailer …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The body of the victim, a 20-year-old U.S. Marine, was only positively identified earlier this year.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Late on the morning of November 18, 1968, 44 years ago this Sunday, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper patrolling the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Downingtown interchange came upon a man in a seated position along the side of the roadway. The trooper stopped to check on the man's well being. The man, who carried no identification, was dead. He had been stabbed once through the heart. A tattoo on his arm of a helmeted bulldog with the letters "USMC" below it strongly suggested that he'd once been in the Marine Corps, but authorities had no other clues to his identity. He was interred as a John Doe, and four decades passed. On the Doe Network, Pennsylvania Missing Persons [editor's note: links include coroner's photographs that may …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Michael San Felice, of West Norriton, was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and community leader.
Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150) held a press conference on Monday afternoon, releasing details about the a Pennsylvania Turnpike employee killed in a tragic crash involving an overturned box truck on the turnpike in Plymouth Meeting earlier in the morning. The Turnpike employee is identified as Michael San Felice, 66, of West Norriton Township. According to an earlier Patch report, San Felice was conducting routine maintenance on the side of the road when the crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. At the press conference, Vereb was accompanied by surviving members of San Felice’s family, including his two daughters, Joyce Ronan and Monica Spataccino. Further surviving members of San Felice’s family include his wife of 43 years, Kathleen, as well as their…