Saturday, January 5, 2013
Drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will pay higher tolls in 2013.
Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will be higher in 2013 as the result of an increase approved by the turnpike commission: The last time tolls went up was January 2011. The commission says the change will hike toll revenue 3 percent to fulfill a $450 million funding obligation to the state. More changes are in the works as turnpike officials consider the possibility of eliminating toll plazas and cash payments. __________________________ Please help us get to 1,000 Facebook “likes” by clicking here and “liking” us. Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Monday, August 6, 2012
But Bakerstown-Warrendale Road will close.
Graham Road—after three years of closure—is reopening to traffic Saturday morning and so is Pearce Mill Road in Pine Township. All this activity is just in time for Pennsylvania Turnpike crews to close Bakerstown-Warrendale Road and detour traffic to Graham and Pearce Mill. The latest closure is needed to remove the bridge that carries the Turnpike over Bakerstown-Warrendale Road, according to the PA Turnpike’s website. Crews also will mill and pave this portion of the road. Road closures throughout Pine Township over the past few years have been part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s $113 million, 6.78-mile total-reconstruction and widening project between milepost 31 and 38 which spans Pine, Richland, Marshall and Hampton …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Tractor-trailer rollover caused temporary closure, detour on turnpike.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound between Cranberry and Hampton re-opened Saturday evening after being closed for hours while a tractor-trailer that rolled over was removed from the highway. State police said the crash occurred at about 2:50 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike about six miles west of the Butler Valley/Exit 39 interchange. As of 8:45 p.m., traffic was no longer being detoured, but the right lane was closed while the tractor-trailer was removed, according to the turnpike's "Trip Talk" alert system. The truck struck an embankment and rolled over on the right lane of traffic, according to Cpl. Karl Schmidhamer. The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to UPMC for treatment, he said. Earlier in the afternoon…
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Turnpike customers encouraged to get E-ZPass now to avoid higher tolls.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Pennsylvania Turnpike fares are set to go up on most of the state's toll roads by 10 percent on Jan. 1, 2012 for cash-paying travelers only. Because electronic-toll rates will not go up, E-ZPass customers will pay about 17 percent less than cash customers, on average, starting next year. (E-ZPass users presently pay 7 percent less, on average, than cash customers on the PA Turnpike.) With the new rates—that will take effect at 12:01 a.m.—the most-common cash toll for passenger vehicles will increase from $1.10 to $1.25 while the most-common cash toll for a standard commercial-truck classification (Class 5) will rise from $8.95 to $9.85. (The 2012 fares were determined by applying a 10 percent increase on top of the 2011 fare then rounding …
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Lamine Camara ordered to stand trial on charge of possessing instrument of crime after search of car during Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic stop turns up cash and black construction paper cut to size of U.S. currency.
Black paper cut into the size of dollar bills, $183,000 in cash, iodine and other items in the trunk of a car stopped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike looked like the makings of the Nigerian Black Money Scam, a state trooper testified Friday. The testimony came during the preliminary hearings for 27-year-old Lamine Camara and 35-year-old George Leussi, who are originally from Africa, who were charged with producing/trafficking and possession of unlawful device-making equipment, conspiracy, and possession of an instrument of crime. Camara of Greenbelt, MD, was ordered to stand trial on a misdemeanor charge of possessing instruments of crime. Magisterial District Judge Regis Welsh Jr. dismissed the other charges. The case against Leussi of New …
Monday, August 8, 2011
Two Maryland men are charged with possessing unlawful device-making equipment after police find items used in fraud scams, according to court records.
A traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Pine Township resulted in felony charges against two Maryland men after $197,000 in cash and "unlawful device-making equipment" were found in their vehicle's trunk, according to court documents. Lamine Camara, 27, of Greenbelt and George Leussi, 34, of New Carrollton are charged with possessing and producing unlawful device-making equipment and criminal conspiracy, the criminal complaint states. The men appeared before Magisterial District Judge Regis Welsh Jr. last week for a preliminary hearing that was continued until Sept. 23. Assistant District Attorney Lisa Carey asked for the continuance, stating more time is needed to receive lab results. She also said she had received new information …