AN AREA OF SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS...SOME STRONG IN INTENSITY...WILL MOVE ACROSS THE LOWER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY AND WESTERN POCONOS TONIGHT. FREQUENT LIGHTNING AND LOCALIZED SMALL HAIL WILL BE THE MAIN WEATHER IMPACTS.
AREAS OF FOG WILL BLANKET THE DEEPER VALLEYS CONTAINING RIVERS AND LARGER STREAMS THIS MORNING. THE FOG WILL BE LOCALLY DENSE WITH THE VISIBILITY UNDER ONE QUARTER OF A MILE IN SOME LOCATIONS. USE CAUTION AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO TRAVEL.
Rain and thunderstorms are pushing easterly into the LanChester area from Quarryville and Willow Street. Expect rain to begin over the next 30 minutes. The cells we’re tracking may be accompanied by thunder and/or lightning. Updates if conditions worsen.
THESE STORMS WILL BE NEAR;
ATGLEN AND CHRISTIANA AT 6:36
PARKESBURG AND COCHRANVILLE AT 6: 41
GAP AND COMPASS AT 6:42
Governor Corbett Announces Updated 12-Year Transportation ProgramMore Projects to be Funded Because of Act 89 Gettysburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced today that the State Transportation Commission, building on the Act 89 transportation plan, has updated Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Transportation Program with a sizeable boost in much needed transportation improvements. The new plan anticipates $63.2 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads. That compares with $41.6 billion in the last update two years ago. “Today’s action represents a significant step forward to addressing all transportation modes,” Gov. Corbett said. “Act 89 provides a solution to a decades old problem and the Legislature and I showed that unlike Washington, we are able to put partisan politics aside and do what’s right for Pennsylvania.” Championed by Corbett, Act 89 will add $2.3 billion a year in transportation investment by 2017. “Thanks to Governor Thanks to Governor Corbett and the Legislature, the people of Pennsylvania will see smoother roads, fewer bridges in poor condition, reliable transit services and added resources for aviation, rail freight, bicyclists and pedestrians,” said PennDOT Secretary and Commission Chairman Barry J. Schoch. “The details of those improvements are outlined in the update the State Transportation Commission adopted today.” The newly adopted program, which takes effect Oct. 1, anticipates $12.3 billion being available for highway and bridge projects in the first four years. Public transit is in line for $7.9 billion; aviation, $370 million; the state’s rail-freight systems are expected to receive $228 million; and the newly created multimodal fund will receive $284 million in the first four years. Four Rural Planning Organizations, 19 Metropolitan Planning Organizations and one Independent County partnered with PennDOT in the review and development of the update. It will now be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for review and approval. The Federal Highway Administration coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the plan’s conformity with air quality requirements. Highway funds listed in the 12-Year Program are distributed statewide using a formula that weighs population, lane miles and vehicle miles traveled. Bridge funds are distributed based on the condition of each region’s structures. The commission consists of 10 appointed citizens and the majority and minority chairpersons of the state House and Senate Transportation committees. State law requires the commission to review and update the 12-Year Program every two years. No capital project can move forward unless it is included in the 12-Year Program. Some of the key projects funded by Act 89 and included in the updated 12-Year Program are: Continuation of the four-lane US 322 from the top of Seven Mountains to west of Potters Mills in Centre County. Construction of the long-awaited expansion of the Conchester (U.S. 322) Highway between Route 1 and Interstate 95 in Delaware County.The initial steps to lay the groundwork for the Interstate 83 master plan expansion through Harrisburg.The initial steps leading to the widening of U.S. 22 in the Lehigh Valley.Start of design work for the 13-mile long Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway in Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties. “These improvements will dramatically improve mobility for people across the state and are moving ahead because of our leadership and ability to build a consensus on matters that are critical to the state’s future,” Gov. Corbett said.
Harrisburg, The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Association warns drivers to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” during the end of the summer parties, picnics and Labor Day weekend celebrations. Law Enforcement will be conducting Stationary Checkpoints or Roving DUI Patrols throughout the Commonwealth of PA beginning Friday, August 15th and continuing through Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Pennsylvania DUI Task Forces are participating in the National Labor Day Crackdown along with the Pennsylvania State Police. PennDOT data shows alcohol-related crashes are trending downward during the past decade and progress is being made in that area to save lives through education and enforcement, however, drug-related crashes are increasing each year. Law Enforcement made 50,464 DUI arrests in 2012, representing a slight increase from 50,413 in 2011. Accordingly, of all DUI arrests, DUI-Drug arrests continue to climb, now accounting for about 30 percent of all those arrested. There were 14,953 Drugged driving arrests in 2012, compared to 13,907 in 2011. The increase in arrests can be attributed to increased training and more Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) on our roadways helping to identify drivers that are under the influence of drugs, legal as well as illegal. In 2012, there were 11,956 alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania, and in the same year, there were 3,306 drug-related crashes statewide, with 126 fatalities in those crashes. Fatalities in crashes involving a drinking driver decreased from 428 in 2011 to 404 in 2012. Motor vehicle crashes and fatalities involving DUI and DUI-D are entirely preventable. Currently there are 117 certified drug recognition experts in Pennsylvania and more than 6,000 officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, (ARIDE) in order to combat the drugged driving problems.
NOW…PATCHY FOG WILL BE OCCURRING OVERNIGHT ACROSS THE AREA DOUSED BYSHOWERS THIS PAST EVENING FROM SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA ACROSSPORTIONS OF SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY. BE ALERT FOR RAPIDLY CHANGINGVISIBILITY OVER SHORT DISTANCES.