Thoroughly modern PennDOT (almost)

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

In remarks to the Pennsylvania Society over the weekend, Gov. Tom Corbett said he hasn’t run a transportation bill through the Legislature so far in part because he wanted PennDOT to modernize itself first.

One thing that obviously didn’t get put through the modernizer was the process for transferring a vehicle title to a family member. In a visit to the notary, a certain daughter attempted to show proof of insurance using her iPhone to display her policy card. No, no, said the clerk, it has to be on paper. But it’s OK to have the insurance company fax the document to the notary.

Nothing says modern like fax.

The inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel will have single-lane traffic from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday for maintenance.

Reminder that the inbound Parkway East will close at Grant Street at 9 p.m. today for more work in the “bathtub” section. Reopens by 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Inspection of the bridge that carries Baum Boulevard over the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway and railroad tracks between Enfield Street and Melwood Avenue will cause right-lane closures at times from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Port Authority will host its annual Toys for Tots drive in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday. New, unwrapped toys and cash donations will be collected from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Steel Plaza T Station, near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Grant Street. The event will be held on the station’s mezzanine level and is open to anyone wishing to bring holiday cheer to local needy children.

The interchange at Interstate 70 and Route 136 in Washington County will be dedicated as the Officer John David Dryer Memorial Interchange at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at the park and ride lot at the interchange. Mr. Dryer, an East Washington police officer, was killed during a traffic stop a year ago. State Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Eighty Four, sponsored the designation. The public is invited.

Drainage repairs and repaving at a landslide on Route 48 will cause alternating one-way traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 20 near Ross Street Extension between Signal Hill Drive and Wall Avenue in North Versailles and Wall.

Intermittent lane closures are possible starting from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. weekdays starting Wednesday on Potato Garden Road in Findlay. The restriction will be between Strauss and Washington roads through Dec. 19.

Emergency pavement repairs may restrict traffic on Weavertown Road at the I-79 Canonsburg interchange after 9 p.m. today through Thursday as crews work to eliminate rutting between the expressway overpass and Morganza Road.

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