Mar. 31, 2017

The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
PennDOT to Replace Four Perry County Bridges
PennDOT has announced that on Thursday, April 6, its contractor will begin daytime shoulder reconstruction in preparation for a project to remove and replace three 55-year-old single-span bridges on Route 850 (Valley Road) east of Shermans Dale, between Reigle Road and Pine Hill Road.

A single-lane restriction will be in place with flaggers as crews reconstruct the roadway shoulders near the three bridges. Starting Monday, April 10, weather permitting, the contractor will shift traffic to one side of the roadway and set barriers, restricting travel to a single lane as a temporary traffic signal alternates traffic through the work zone. The project is expected to be completed this fall.

In addition, next week PennDOT will begin trimming trees and clearing an area near the Creek Road bridge over Buffalo Creek at the New Buffalo Borough-Watts Township line. Signs will soon be posted announcing that on Monday, April 24, the contractor will close the bridge and begin to demolish the 80-year-old bridge and replace it with a precast box culvert.

Creek Road will be closed to through traffic for up to 60 days between Huggins Road and Old Trail Road. A detour which follows U.S. Route 11/15 and Notch Road will be in place. The project should be completed by late July.
How Can Tech Save Tax Dollars?
The House Majority Policy Committee recently learned more about ways in which technology can be better managed to save taxpayers money while still providing quality services.

Already, state agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to upgrade and build technology systems and databases to make government run more efficiently and effectively. Yet, despite the money being spent, the data collected may not be used to its full potential, personnel costs are climbing, fraud and system abuse continue, and Pennsylvania is still years behind in its technology capabilities.

The committee heard from several technology companies about ways in which technology can do a better job of detecting welfare fraud, saving money within Medicaid or allowing agency databases to instantly share information. 
LIHEAP Deadline Extended
If you’re on a limited or fixed income and struggling to pay your home energy bills, you have one more week to apply for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The closing date to submit an application has been extended until Friday, April 7.

Learn more here
State Agency Seeks Vietnam Veterans
As a way to pay tribute to all of the men and women from Pennsylvania who died as a result of the Vietnam War, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is asking the public for help in finding the remaining 105 Vietnam veterans from our state who are not yet included in the agency’s Wall of Faces project.

A complete list of veterans whose photos are still needed can be found by going to, and clicking on Wall of Faces. Instructions on how to submit a photo are available here.

You can view the virtual Wall of Faces here
Applications Available for Rural Fire Assistance Grants 
Applications for federal grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and underprotected areas will be accepted until May 18.

The funding can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training, mobile or portable radios, and installation of dry hydrants. Learn more here
Visiting the Capitol 

Fourth graders from Newport Elementary School toured our beautiful state Capitol last week.