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 #Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

I-83, Route 124 Traffic Shifts to Allow for Reconstruction
Route 124 motorists will use newly constructed ramp to access I-83 South

Starting Wednesday night, September 6, new traffic patterns will be put in place for the southbound lanes of Interstate 83 near Exit 18 for Route 124, Mount Rose Avenue, east of the City of York in Springettsbury Township, York County.

Between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., crews will restrict southbound I-83 traffic to a single lane, reset concrete barrier and shift I-83 traffic south of Route 124 to the west.

Route 124 traffic will also be shifted to the north. In the coming weeks, crews will shift northbound I-83 traffic to the west, creating a work zone on the east side of the highway to allow reconstruction of the interstate and bridges.

As part of the southbound I-83 and Route 124 traffic switch, the existing ramp from Route 124 to I-83 South will be permanently closed and a newly constructed on-ramp, approximately 350 feet west of the existing ramp, will be opened to traffic.

During this phase of construction, traffic on westbound Route 124 will no longer turn left onto the ramp to I-83 South due to the lack of width or the availability of a left turn lane on Route 124.

Motorists headed west on Route 124 to I-83 South will instead turn right onto a temporary ramp, travel west on the newly constructed access road, turn left onto the newly constructed Greenhill Road Extension, turn left onto Route 124 East, then turn right onto the ramp to I-83 South.

This work is part of the $58.3 million contract to reconstruct and widen 1.3 miles of I-83 and rebuild the Exit 18 interchange. The reconfigured ramps will include two new loop ramps on the south side of the interchange which will eliminate the existing left turns from Route 124 East to I-83 North and from I-83 South to Route 124 East.

Prepare Yourself for Emergencies
As the nation comes together to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Pennsylvania officials are reminding residents that National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1. Throughout the month, households, businesses and communities are encouraged to prepare and plan for emergencies.

Well before emergencies strike, simple steps can be taken to prepare a family, school, workplace or community for any type of incident that would disrupt the day-to-day routine. Citizens are encouraged to visit to find sample checklists, contact lists and other preparedness tools to take advantage of before an emergency occurs. In particular, people should think about loved ones who may have special needs that could inhibit their ability to help themselves.

Follow @ReadyPA on Twitter and like for additional helpful tips and information.

Helping Victims of Hurricane Harvey
The thoughts and prayers of all Pennsylvanians are with the people in the Houston area who are suffering and homeless in the wake of this devastating storm.

When our fellow Americans need help, Pennsylvanians are always there to answer the call. Pennsylvania's Taskforce 1 has been called up to assist in the recovery effort throughout Hurricane Harvey.

If you would like to also help, here are some efforts underway offering assistance to victims.

The American Red Cross
Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response team
Houston Food Bank
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
SPCA Of Texas
Go Fund Me

Thanks for helping.

Native American Festival in Airville
The Conservation Society of York County will be hosting its annual Native American Festival at the Indian Steps Museum in Airville, on Sept. 9-10. The museum is located at 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville. Come explore this beautiful property along the river as the Society highlights traditions of our local people from the past while striving toward conserving them in our ever-changing future.

The Society was established in 1922 and included distinguished members such as Gifford Pinchot. Along with Indian Steps, the other properties the Society manages include Codorus Furnace, Bonham Wake Wildlife Sanctuary, the Wills School and Ulmer-Root-Haines Memorial Park.

The Native American Festival is the Society’s largest and longest standing tradition, with this year being its 34th celebration of it. You may find other events listed on the Facebook pages for both Indian Steps Museum and the Conservation Society of York County and

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends in One Year
Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have exactly one year from today to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.
Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31, 2018.

The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To be eligible for the bonus, a service member must have:
• Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard
• Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991
• Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal
• Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service
• Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty

For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit

New DUI Law Now In Effect
A new law that went into effect Aug. 25, Act 23 of 2017, changes the way first-time DUI offenders are punished in Pennsylvania. The new law requires most first-time offenders with a blood-alcohol level higher than 0.10 percent to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle.

Under the new law, most first-time offenders would be eligible to drive with the ignition interlock immediately. Otherwise, they would have to have their driver’s license suspended for a year before installing the interlock device for 12 months.

Those who are eligible can petition PennDOT for a new Ignition Interlock Limited License, allowing them to install the device for one year and continue to drive.

The law also applies to drivers who refuse to submit to chemical testing. They will be eligible for early interlock after six months.

According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, nearly 2 million drunk-driving attempts have been stopped with ignition interlock devices, including more than 78,000 instances in Pennsylvania between 2003 and 2015.

Hunter-Trapper Education Boosts Safety
Interested in hunting or trapping in Penn’s Woods? By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) training before they can buy a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license.

A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded when the individual passes the test at the end of the course. Individuals must be at least 11 years old to enroll in a class. The training is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants. Due to hunter education, hunting is safe and getting safer.

Two options are available to complete the course -- in a classroom or entirely online (for those who are 16 years of age or older). Click here to learn more about HTE and view other training programs available.

PHEAA Encourages Caution with Solicitations
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) reminds students and families to be extremely cautious if solicited by any company offering financial aid application assistance, scholarship searches or student loan debt relief, such as through loan consolidation, loan cancellation, loan forgiveness or defaulted loan assistance. These companies typically charge significant upfront fees for services – sometimes through non-existent programs – that are readily available for free from the federal government.

To find financial aid opportunities, parents and students should research FREE sites such as,, and In addition, NerdWallet’s Watch List names companies that charge for fraudulent or questionable debt relief services.

Students and families who believe they have been targeted or victimized by a scam should complain to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on
Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

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

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
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