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2019 Official Road Map

With the Department of Transportation having printed an official road map for every year of the past decade, I figured there would be one printed for 2019. I stopped by the DMV and picked up the last one of the decade, and marks the 2010s the first one in 50 years to have a map published in every year. The following are the changes in the 2019 official Pennsylvania map since the 2018 edition:

Allegheny County/Washington County
PA Turnpike 576 shown as under construction

Bucks County
I-95 and Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange now complete and I-95 routed over the Delaware River Bridge
I-295 replaces I-95 north of the Turnpike

Somerset County
US 219 expressway completed

Cover of the 2019 official state road map

The map has the same dimensions as the previous year’s, and features the same amenities such as the tourism slogan and “2019” in a keystone.  This year’s cover picture is of a family taking a selfie on a ski slope.  You can view the 2019 official road map on PennDOT’s site PDF icon.

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2018 Official Pennsylvania Map

Knowing the track record of PennDOT, I figured there would be a new transportation map for 2018.  Sure enough, there is, so I swung by the DMV office to pick up a few.  The following are the changes since 2017:

Snyder County/Union County
Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway under construction

The map has the same dimensions as the previous year’s, and features the same amenities such as the tourism slogan and “2018” in a keystone.  This year’s cover picture is from Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County.  You can view the map at PennDOT’s GIS page.

Cover of the 2018 Department of Transportation map
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It’s a Snap…chat!

One thing that I have tried to make Pennsylvania Highways be is at the forefront of innovations of Internet technology.  Recently that technology is with the evolution of social media, or what was once referred to as “Web 2.0.”  While I will be the first to admit that the site itself still has work to be done, it’s presence in social media has been extensive.  Some of our social media channels have worked out well engaging with the public, such as Twitter and Facebook, and others not so much, such as Del.icio.us and Vimeo, have not.

One new social media outlet that has been talked about in recent time is Snapchat. It is similar to text messaging or instant messaging, except that the “snaps” you send someone automatically deletes itself after a period of time. Even with this limitation, businesses are jumping on the bandwagon and joining.

We figured we might as well jump on the bandwagon as well, but trying to navigate Snapchat is a little challenging. Businesses use it to advertise discount codes for their stores, share branded filters, or show “behind-the-scenes” activities. I doubt anyone wants to see me code pages or update content, so I guess it’ll be used to promote new construction projects. If you want to join us on the trip, just snap (see what I did there?) our snapcode below.

Pennsylvania Highways Snapcode
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2017 Official Pennsylvania Map

While looking on the PennDOT website, I discovered there was a new state map.  So, I took a drive to the DMV office and picked up a few:  one for the Pennsylvania Highways Library and a couple to trade.  The following are the changes since 2016:

Bucks County/Montgomery County
Business US 202 now shown on the former route of US 202

Somerset County
US 219 under construction from Meyersdale to Somerset

While it has the same dimensions as the previous year’s, the cover is much different that on past issues.  For the first time since the 2003 edition, “Pennsylvania” is not printed in a Clearview-like font on a blue background.  It is not printed in the font that is now use for the Department of Tourism, and the new slogan, “Pursue Your Happiness” is printed below.  The year of issue is at the bottom in a keystone.  The picture on the cover is of Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

Cover of the 2017 Department of Transportation map
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2016 Official Pennsylvania Map

Since my driver’s license was up for renewal, I was at the DMV and figured I’d see if there were any state road maps out on display.  As usual, they did not disappoint.

Unlike last year, no changes were noted from the 2014 version.  Which is strange as US 219 expressway is currently under construction in Somerset County but still not indicated as such on the map just like on the 2014 edition.

It has the same dimensions as the previous year’s and this cover features a picture of Liberty Street in Franklin.

Cover of the 2016 Department of Transportation map
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Up Periscope!

We all know the function of periscopes on submarines.  They are the instrument that sailors use to check out what is going on on the surface.  Just as that periscope helps see a wider view, there is now an app that can do the same thing.

Periscope was developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein in 2014 and acquired by Twitter a year later.  The purpose of the app is to stream in real-time anything using a smartphone.  Hopefully I will be able to use it to live stream events such as ribbon-cutting ceremonies, project open houses, and other events related to the highway system.  As they say in the television business, “stay tuned.”

https://www.periscope.tv/pahighways

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2015 Official Pennsylvania Map

Christmas came a little late this year for yours truly, at least in terms of road-related presents.  Since I did not have time to get to the DMV, I figured I would just order the state highway map directly from PennDOT.  Here are the changes since 2014:

Carbon County
Exit 87 (E-ZPass-only) now open on I-476/Pennsylvania Turnpike-Northeast Extension

Westmoreland County
PA Turnpike 66’s exit numbers are finally shown

It has the same dimensions as the previous year’s and this cover features a picture of a two-lane roadway in the fall.

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2013 Pennsylvania Turnpike Travel Guide and Map

At today’s car show at the Sideling Hill Service Plaza, not only did I receive a lot of Turnpike “swag,” but included in the “goodie” bag that all participants received was a copy of the newest system map.

It is the same size as the 2011 version, but instead of being a tri-fold map, this year’s version features an “accordion” fold.  The following are the changes made since the last edition:

Carbon County
E-ZPass-only interchange on I-476/Pennsylvania Turnpike-Northeast Extension marked as under construction

Fayette County/Washington County
PA Turnpike 43 open between US 40 and PA 88

The cover features a picture of the mainline Turnpike between the Blue Mountain and Carlisle interchanges.  You can view the strip maps at the Turnpike’s page.

Cover of the 2013 Turnpike Travel Guide and Map
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Pennsylvania Turnpike 75th Birthday Car Show

When the weather turns warm in Pennsylvania, it is a time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  With an abundance of state parks and historic sites, there is plenty to see and do in the Keystone State. One such activity that can shake off “cabin fever” is a good, old fashioned car show.  Since this year marks the Pennsylvania Turnpike 75th birthday of the original section of Turnpike from Irwin to Carlisle opening, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission held a car show at the Sideling Hill Service Plaza today.

This is not the first time the PTC has held one, as others had been held for other birthday milestone years.  However, this was the first one I attended with my family as we had a vehicle worthy of displaying.

Attendees who were displaying their vehicles could either come via the Turnpike itself for free, thanks to Sunoco picking up the tab, or by parallel routes.  We decided on the latter, and I will say it was a little strange to enter a service plaza through a gate instead of a ramp.

While the show took place, HMS Host, managers of the service plazas, sold hot dogs and Coca-Cola products for the price of what they cost in 1940.  The Turnpike Commission sold 75th Anniversary memorabilia, including a hard-cover picture book detailing the history of the highway. I even got a chance to meet a fan of the site since its America Online days, Ron Breisch.

Participants had chances to win items from the Turnpike Commission answering trivia questions as well as in a raffle. I didn’t think it would be too sporting if the Webmaster of Pennsylvania Highways answered every question, so I just answered one of the trivia questions and won a PTC t-shirt.  In the raffle, I won a model of an old fashioned Coca-Cola delivery truck. Participants received a swag bag of goodies which are pictured below.

PA Turnpike Celebrating 75 Years! – Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

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2014 Official Pennsylvania Map

After hearing that there was a new state highway map, I thought I would check it out for myself.  Sure enough, I found the sixth official map in a row to be printed, something which hasn’t happened in nearly 40 years, at the Welcome Center on Interstate 70 in Warfordsburg.

Unlike in previous years, no changes were noted from the 2013 version.  It isn’t as if nothing has happened or is happening, even through the US 219 expressway is currently under construction in Somerset County but it is not indicated on the map.

It has the same dimensions as the previous year’s and this cover features a picture of a 10-string Harp Guitar made by C. F. Martin & Company, Inc. of Nazareth.

Cover of the 2014 Department of Transportation map
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