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January 24, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just before toll rates went up this month on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, tollpayers gave Turnpike Commission Chairman William K. Lieberman a belated Christmas present: a $40,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Lieberman, a Pittsburgh insurance executive, received the 2013 Grand Cherokee on Dec. 28 to replace a 2012 Grand Cherokee that he had received a year earlier. That one cost turnpike users $38,448. The year-old Cherokee was handed down to fellow Commissioner Pasquale "Pat" Deon, a Bucks County restaurateur and beer distributor (and SEPTA board chairman)
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | By DAVID R. BOLDT
Driving back into the city after a recent vacation I was struck anew by a circumstance that has never ceased to both amaze and appall me. It is this: There is no interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95. Worse still, the effort to make the traverse from one thoroughfare to the other can induce motorists to venture onto a by-way whose very name causes visitors from elsewhere to laugh out loud: Street Road. The most amazing aspect of this situation - the lack of an interchange - is that no one in Philadelphia seems to realize that it's a problem.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | Staff Report
If you don't have E-ZPass, you should be careful following your GPS or an online map when it comes to two interchanges on to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in our area. The exits are E-ZPass only, and a Turnpike Authority spokesman says motorists who do not have E-ZPass tags could pay a lot more if they accidentally use them. They are Exit 352, the eastbound only Street Road Interchange in Bensalem, and Exit 340, the westbound only Virginia Drive Interchange near the Fort Washington Office Center in Upper Dublin Township.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
Standard & Poor's assigned its third-tier rating to municipal bonds being sold to raise $476 million for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In assigning the "A+" rating, the rating agency cited the Turnpike Commission's high debt burden and uncertainty about future traffic levels, given the turnpike's annual toll increases. The commission is about $7.5 billion in debt, largely because state Act 44 compels it to pay $450 million a year for non-turnpike highway and transit projects, in addition to paying for turnpike maintenance and expansion.
NEWS
October 16, 2011
A 24-year-old Philadelphia man was struck and killed early Saturday as he walked along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fort Washington. Robert Suplick was walking on the shoulder of the westbound lane of the turnpike in Upper Dublin Township near Mile Marker 339 around 2:54 a.m. when he strayed onto the roadway. He was hit by a car driven by a 22-year-old Philadelphia man, according to a State Police news release Saturday. Suplick struck the windshield of the 2000 Honda Civic and was thrown more than 11 feet, police said, before the driver pulled to the shoulder.
NEWS
January 3, 2013
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are scheduled to increase Sunday. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Wednesday that most cash-paying customers would see a 10 percent increase, while E-ZPass users would pay 2 percent more. Motorists on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area will see a steeper increase in cash tolls. The commission has been expanding the differential between cash and electronic tolls since 2011. E-ZPass travelers saved up to 17 percent last year, and the pending changes will widen that to 25 percent in 2013.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | Associated Press
A five-mile section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be closed in both directions for several hours this weekend. The road between the Harrisburg East Interchange (Exit 247) and Harrisburg West Interchange (Exit 242) will close from 12:01 a.m. through 6 a.m. Sunday. The closure will allow crews to remove overhead beams on the Old York Road Bridge in Fairview Township, York County. The detour for motorists traveling west is Interstate 283 to Interstate 83 to the turnpike. Eastbound motorists should take I-83 to I-283 to the turnpike.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
A decomposed body was found Thursday morning in a wooded area near a construction site off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Towamencin, Montgomery County. The body, believed to be a man, was decomposed and surrounded by weeds, suggesting it had been there for several months or more, police said. A handgun was found nearby. Sgt. David Milligan of the State Police said a worker on the turnpike extension project came across the remains. The site is across from a Holiday Inn and an Exxon gas station.
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A regional planning panel on Thursday approved $3.8 billion in funding for 385 transportation projects in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs over the next four years. The highway and transit projects include continuing work on the long-awaited connection between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and SEPTA's new "smart card" fare system. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission adopted its "transportation improvement program" for fiscal years 2013-16, establishing a blueprint for projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
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May 18, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   For J. Barrett and Janet VanDame, Franconia Township had the perfect house, just what they needed five years ago for taking care of his parents, both 95 years old. "We had been looking for something with single-floor living that could accommodate them, and this was it," Barrett VanDame says of the house they moved to from Souderton Borough. Halver and Mary VanDame have died since their son and daughter-in-law moved to this Montgomery County community, but Barrett and Janet have no intention of leaving Franconia.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
It didn't take long for the uproar over religious-freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas to reverberate in Pennsylvania. Democrats, including Gov. Wolf, grabbed onto the controversy this week to bolster their bid for a state ban on discrimination against members of the LGBT community. The proposal would make it illegal for businesses to fire workers or deny customers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It would also offer protections beyond antidiscrimination measures already passed by more than 30 municipalities, including Philadelphia, Haverford, Abington, and New Hope.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Tom Avril and Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writers
Freezing rain, slush, and snow made driving treacherous across much of the region Sunday, causing numerous crashes, some involving multiple injuries. The icy conditions prompted authorities to reduce the speed limit to 45 m.p.h. on most highways. More than 400 flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport were canceled as the Federal Aviation Administration slowed traffic to cope with the storm and highway delays. Staffers were preparing to hand out cots, blankets, and water bottles if delays left travelers stranded after midnight, spokeswoman Diane Gerace said.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Heavy snow Saturday wreaked havoc on regional transportation systems, causing flight cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport, mass-transit delays, and a spike in motor-vehicle accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground stop for several hours barring flights from taking off from the airport. Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said the action was taken because of the reduced visibility and high winds in the storm. The FAA lifted the ground stop in the late afternoon, but about 20 percent of flights into and out of the airport were canceled, and flight delays persisted the rest of the day. A winter storm warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
It's not often I can honestly ever say these words: I just couldn't wait to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But ever since the Turnpike Commission decided to raise the speed limit to 70 on a stretch from Chester County west to the Blue Mountain Tunnel in June, I'd wanted to see what traffic was like and whether anything had changed. It wasn't just because I wanted to go faster. No, seriously. Driving it at the end of 2014 gave me the opportunity to see how traffic was flowing at about the halfway point of the agency's study of raised speed limits.
NEWS
August 21, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - A top state prosecutor told a judge Tuesday that the Attorney General's Office was "breaking new legal ground" in using "a pattern of conduct" - and not explicit "quid pro quo" evidence - as the foundation for its ambitious corruption case against Pennsylvania Turnpike officials and several others. Special Deputy Attorney General Laurel Brandstetter said that the pattern would prove that a cozy and corrupt culture permeated the turnpike leadership, and that contractors plied officials with baseball tickets, golf outings, lavish meals, and campaign donations in return for contracts.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Lawyers for six defendants charged with corruption in connection with Pennsylvania Turnpike contracts ripped into the state prosecution Monday in a last-ditch attempt to shut down or seriously weaken the case before a forthcoming trial. The lawyers said the indictment unfairly sought to criminalize the legal practice of dunning government contractors for campaign contributions. And the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the defense lawyers said, had fallen far short in amassing evidence tying gifts and campaign money to specific contracts.
NEWS
August 13, 2014
An off-duty veteran Philadelphia police officer was killed Tuesday in a motorcycle accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Officer Seth Stellfox, identified by police sources, was riding his motorcycle on the turnpike in Cumberland County, outside Harrisburg, in the late afternoon when the accident happened. Commanders and supervisors in the department were notified around 6:30 p.m. that he had died, police sources said. Stellfox, 33, was an 11-year veteran who worked in the 39th District, at 22nd Street and Hunting Park Avenue, on the border of Nicetown and Tioga.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The speed limit on much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike could rise to 70 m.p.h. by next summer, state officials said Wednesday. The move comes as state transportation officials increase travel speeds on several interstate highways, including sections of I-80 in northern Pennsylvania and I-380 in northeastern Pennsylvania, which will go to 70 next month. A 100-mile stretch of the turnpike, between the Blue Mountain interchange (Exit 201) and the Morgantown interchange (Exit 298)
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commuters are not wont to chat with toll collectors, especially during peak hours, but a woman arriving at the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Valley Forge toll plaza Wednesday morning was compelled to issue an urgent warning: The bees are coming! Within minutes, up to 40,000 bees descended on the canopy connecting the toll booths in Lanes 9, 10 and 11, slowing traffic and driving collectors from their booths. Panicked workers used their radios to alert the nearby interchange office, where they could hear the buzz of the bees over the radio's static.
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