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PennDOT services ready for winter weather

The Regional Traffic Management Center at the state Department of Transportation’s Clearfield office is expanding its coverage to provide services to three PennDOT districts this year.
The Regional Traffic Management Center at the state Department of Transportation’s Clearfield office is expanding its coverage to provide services to three PennDOT districts this year. Centre Daily Times, file

The Regional Traffic Management Center at the state Department of Transportation’s Clearfield office is expanding its coverage.

The traffic management center will provide services to three PennDOT districts this year: District 2 (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties), District 3 (Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties) and District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties).

During the winter months, the RTMC in Clearfield uses a variety of tools to help customers better plan their travel in challenging weather, said Marla Fannin, spokeswoman for PennDOT.

In the three districts, PennDOT utilizes 94 closed-circuit TV cameras, 105 digital message signs, 33 highway advisory radio transmitters, 68 HAR beacons, two bridge sprayers, two queue detection systems, one curve warning system, 32 remote traffic microwave sensors, one high-cross winds system, one low-visibility system and one truck warning system, according to a PennDOT press release.

Fannin said these are all different tools that help PennDOT elevate its service for customers.

For example, she said, PennDOT can use cameras to monitor the weather.

Anytime PennDOT reports a situation in its Road Condition Reporting System, an entry automatically populates 511PA, Fannin said. In addition, for Centre County residents, a tweet is automatically sent by 511PA’s State College twitter account.

511PA provides customers with real-time information, she said. It has traffic delay warnings, construction information and weather alerts. People can search by route or region.

Sarah Rafacz: 814-231-4619, @SarahRafacz

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