Transparency legislation, House Bill 2463, which was unanimously passed, will become law without the governor’s signature. The law requires state agencies to answer the public’s questions submitted through Right-to-Know requests, as prescribed by law, during state of emergency declarations. Author of the bill Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) said this house bill has a simple goal: to ensure the public has a route to hold its government accountable, even in times when a state of emergency has been declared. A crisis is no reason for elected officials to ignore questions from the public.
PennDOT has issued an update on its Route 22 paving project in Mifflin County. Starting today, the left passing lane on Route 322/22 will be closed, impacting traffic in each direction. The eastbound closure will begin near the Yeagertown/Burnham exit and end near the Walnut Street exit. The westbound closure will begin near the East Charles Street exit and end near the Yeagertown/Burnham exit. This closure is scheduled to be in place until at least August 3. Additionally, the left passing lane on Route 22 eastbound and westbound remains closed for a two and half mile stretch near the Business Route 22 interchange. Several sections on Route 22 will see work as part of this project. PennDOT will issue updates as work shifts locations. Motorists can always find current roadway conditions by visting www.511pa.com.
PennDOT announced expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits will be extended in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Expiration dates scheduled to expire from March 16 through August 31 have been extended until August 31. These extensions are in addition to those announced on June 25. A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver’s license products. Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. Customers may continue to complete various transactions online at www.dmv.pa.gov.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) has approved a six-percent toll increase for all E-ZPass rates systemwide. The increase is slated to take effect on January 3rd, 2021. The Commission also approved new TOLL BY PLATE rates at toll facilities converted to All-Electronic Tolling (AET) in June. The new rates include an average 45% increase over the 2020 cash rate for TOLL BY PLATE motorists. The new rate will not be applied at facilities converted before 2020. The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.50 to $1.60 for E-ZPass customers and from $2.50 to $3.90 for those choosing TOLL BY PLATE. The PA Turnpike no longer accepts cash or credit cards on the system.