WINTER DRIVING ADVICE : PennDOT – District 3 News

PennDOT – District 3 News

PennDOT Provides Winter Driving Advice

Montoursville, PA – With the winter weather forecasted for tomorrow, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.

For those who need to travel during winter storms, the department reminds motorists to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com.

PennDOT maintains nearly 40,000 miles of state-administered roadway and 25,400 bridges, which translates to approximately 95,000 snow lane miles. During the winter months, the public can find plow-truck locations and details of when the state-maintained roadways were last treated by selecting the “PennDOT Plow Trucks” in 511PA legend.

Winter Driving Advice
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, we provide the following advice to those who need to drive in winter weather.

  • Carry a winter emergency travel kit. (including layers of clothing and blankets)
  • Listen to weather and travel advisories, but if you do not have to travel in bad weather don’t.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Slow down and increase following distance.
  • Avoid sudden stops and starts.
  • Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as ‘black ice.’
  • Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, where ice can often form without warning.
  • Carry a cellphone.
  • Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.
  • State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.
  • Use your low beams in particularly bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.
  • Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors, and all vehicle lights before you drive and as often as needed.
  • Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. State law states that if snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or a person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.
  • Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.
  • Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side).
  • Make sure someone else knows where you are going and when you expect to arrive in case you run into an emergency and need help, someone will know where to look for you.
  • If you do become stranded, it’s better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.
  • Do not drink and drive, and always wear your seat belt.

Snow squalls
Snow squalls are common and could create white out conditions which could virtually eliminate a driver’s visibility. They can also create treacherous travel conditions for drivers where roadways quickly become snow covered and slick.

Motorists always should be alert during the winter season for sudden squalls which can strike with little or no warning.

If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:

  • Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits conditions.
  • Turn your headlights on.
  • Stay in your lane.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
  • Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
  • Use defroster and wipers.
  • Turn four-way flashers on.
  • Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
  • During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
  • Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could cause a chain-reaction collision.
  • Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com.  511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include phone chargers, non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at http://www.Ready.PA.gov. Citizens can also find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the ReadyPA website.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit http://www.penndot.gov/winter

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Tioga, Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties at www.penndot.pa.gov/District3.

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2022-2023 Little Norway II – Call for Volunteers

Little Norway II

As the cooler weather is upon us, many local residents start to think about fun afternoons and evenings on the ice at Little Norway II.  The weather plays a very big part in the timing and extent of the season, but there is another major factor in this time-honored tradition…volunteers.  There have been many wonderful volunteers in the past who have kept the little building open for skaters to borrow skates (no charge), keep warm by the fire, and purchase small snacks.

The Parks and Recreation will be looking for volunteers to help with the daily operation of Little Norway II for the 2022-2023 season.  If you would like to help bring smiles and laughter to so many throughout the chill of the winter season, then please contact Lauren Martz, Borough Manager, via email lmartz@selinsgrove.org , letter of interest to help: 1 N. High Street Selinsgrove, PA  17870, or by calling 570-374-2311.

Please reference “Little Norway II Volunteer” in the subject of any email correspondence.

Event Request For Temporary Street Closure or Restricted Use

If you are having an event in the Borough which requires road closures or restricted use to Borough roadways, then you need to complete an Application For Temporary Street Closing Permit-Revised 6-4-19.  This application needs to be submitted to the Borough Office as soon as possible, but no less than 60 days prior to the Borough Council meeting prior to your event. (Council meetings are the first Monday every month with exception of holidays.)

Prior to submitting the road closure request to the Borough, the applicant must coordinate with the Selinsgrove Police Department, Selinsgrove Fire Department, Selinsgrove Fire Police, and Selinsgrove Borough Public Works Department before the request will be granted by the Borough Council.

Additionally, the event requiring the road closure must be insured and list the Borough of Selinsgrove as an additional insured. Please be aware there may be additional costs to consider when having an event that closes the roadway such as traffic control, trash removal, signage, etc. These costs may be billed to the applicant if the Borough incurs expenses due to the event needing the closure unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

If your event in any way includes a PennDOT roadway, then you will need to also complete the required PennDOT Special Event Permit TE-300 .  It may be beneficial to set up a meeting with the Borough Manager to assist with this paperwork once you’ve received Borough approval. This permit approval from PennDOT can take up to 90 days so be sure to get  both closure applications into the Borough at least 90 days in advance. These types of events will need approval from PennDOT and the Borough so you will also need to follow the Borough road closure process as described above. PennDOT will also require proof that PennDOT is included as an additional insured as well.

 

Initiative to Help Control the Feral Cat Population (It’s kitten season…)

Selinsgrove Borough and Cherished Cat Rescue Alliance (www.cherishedcats.org/tnr) have joined forces to control the feral (stray) cat population in the borough humanely. If you have a cat colony in your life/neighborhood and would like help to get them humanely trapped and neutered simply go to the Borough office and complete an application. That application will get scanned to the TNR (Trap~Neuter~Return) Coordinator who will be in touch about the details of the program and to lend traps and provide assistance if needed. The cats to be trapped MUST have a caretaker who feeds them regularly and provides them with shelter from severe weather conditions. Costs vary depending on what clinic/hospital you use.  The fee includes the spay/neuter, Rabies Vaccine, ear tip and flea meds. ALL CATS must come in a Humane (live) Traps. CCRA has some to lend out and you will be trained in their use. Cherished Cat Rescue Alliance is looking for people who are interested in getting involved with the TNR effort in our area. Visit their website to learn how you can be part of this very important and rewarding initiative.
Did You Know

TNR Application updated 2021.docx

Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) – When ground/storm water are being misdirected and enter into the sanitary system.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has determined that the Eastern Snyder County Regional

Authority (ESCRA) and participating municipal systems have a significant amount of inflow and infiltration.  DEP voiced their concerns when the yearly Chapter 94 report was reviewed and design capacity was exceeded during rain events.  ESCRA has estimated it treated 50 MILLION gallons of I&I in 2019 alone!

What is Inflow & Infiltration (I&I)?

Inflow happens when groundwater and storm water is misdirected and enters into the sanitary sewer system through incorrect connections within the collection system.  Homes and businesses contribute in a number of ways—roof drains, downspouts, sump pumps, driveway drains, foundation and floor drains, and stairwells plumbed into sanitary sewage systems instead of storm sewers or “daylight”.  These connections are illegal.  Fortunately, they are easily and cheaply fixable.

Infiltration is when groundwater enters the sanitary sewer system through faulty sewer laterals (home to street), pipes or manholes.  These pipes might have cracks or leaks that let water in.  This can happen because of age, installation and maintenance issues or even tree roots.

Inflow & Infiltration costs you money.  I&I water is referred to as “clear water”, as opposed to sanitary sewage water.  When clear water gets into the wastewater system, it gets treated.  When it gets treated, it costs you money.  It also takes up valuable capacity within the system.  This is a problem for the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) when it is working near maximum capacity.  Accommodating I&I at the WWTP may result in oversized and overpriced treatment system expansion, cause inefficient treatment, add to treatment costs, or potentially lead to illicit discharges into the Susquehanna River because the treatment plant capacity has been reached.  Should a sewage discharge happen, DEP may issue fines, issue a connection moratorium, mandate expensive plant expansion or all three.  The Sewer Authority and municipalities will have to decide between investing dollars to reduce I&I or may need to limit new residential or economic development.  Recently, ESCRA has completed videoing their sewer trunk lines.  Rehabilitation work is scheduled for 2021 to resolve I&I issues.  New development can strain the plant when already operating near capacity, leading to a need for an expensive plant expansion.  The other option is limiting residential or economic development opportunities.  This will stifle the area’s growth and loses opportunities to enhance tax revenue.

The December 2020 rain, snow melt and high water contributed to 10 times the average daily flow produced within the sanitary sewer system.  This lead to the sewer plant treating flow beyond its designed limits.  Issues like these are highly frowned upon by DEP.  They could require the plant to have expensive upgrades or an expansion.

Much of the excessive flow can be attributed to down spouts, basement floor drains and sump pumps plumbed into the sanitary sewer.  These types of connections are prohibited by Code.  Homeowners can inexpensively and quickly remedy these connections.  Down spout elbows cost about $4.00.  Floor drain expansion plugs are about the same.  Sump pump connections can be easily rerouted to “daylight” outside the home.  These inexpensive alterations could prevent increased sewer costs in the future.

How to identify Inflow & Infiltration:

There are a number of strategies the Borough will undertake to find problem connections and leaks in order to reduce or stop I&I.

  1. Informing the public. The purpose of this article is to encourage each property owner to take a look at their building.  Are down spouts and roof drains plumbed to “daylight”?  Are sump pumps plumbed to “daylight”?  Are stair wells, floor drains, foundations and driveway drains connected to a sump pump and “daylight”?  Do you need expansion plugs in basement floor drains to prevent waste water entering during high rain event or sewage line blockage?
  2. The next step in identifying I&I is to locate where problems are occurring and isolate the areas that have the worst I&I. First, we will analyze daily flow data from the last several years and compare against rainfall records.  We may need to set up flow monitoring instruments in each section of the sewer system.  By monitoring the flows, you can better identify which areas may have problems.
  3. Inspection of manholes can identify leaks from joints and provides the opportunity to view the drainage near a structure. Manholes can be located within a wetland or ditch that gets submerged during rain events.  These manholes can contribute significant inflow and infiltration through leaky covers.
  4. Smoke testing may be needed in residential areas. A blower is set up over a neighborhood manhole, and non-toxic smoke is pumped through the sewer line.  Smoke testing can be a very efficient and cost effective way to locate and identify the source of an inflow and infiltration problem.  The smoke used is non-toxic and does not leave any residue.  The smoke is pressurized and follows the path of any leaks in the system, revealing the location of the inflow and infiltration.  Sources of I&I can be cracks in the sewer pipes themselves, roof drains, downspouts, sump pumps, floor drains, French drains and faulty manholes.
  5. Closed circuit television inspection (CCTV)/pipe inspection. We will view inside our system pipes through the use of CCTV.  A small camera travels down the length of a pipe and produces visuals where an operator can identify leaks and be viewed from the surface.
  6. Home inspections. If the amount of I&I cannot be reduced, the Borough will need to have inspections completed by a third party.

 

 

 

Grease and Clogs In the Drain at the Holidays and Anytime of Year

With a couple of the biggest holiday meal displays of the year upon us please remember to put the grease in the trash and not the drain.

Power To Save: Avoiding a Greasy Mess in Your Pipes

Did You Know . . . . .

Did you know that Selinsgrove Borough created a Flood Task Force on May 1, 2017?

Did you know that CK-COG has a listing of acceptable wall finishing materials for flood prone properties?

If you live in the 100-year floodplain, have you considered using marine grade insulation?

For more information, please contact the Selinsgrove Borough Office at 570-374-2311.

Public Participation Policy

The Public Participation Policy was adopted on April 4th, 2016. Click here to view the Public Participation Policy.