Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning May 8, 2020, the first three Driver License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
"PennDOT’s driver and photo license centers are some of Pennsylvania government’s highest public touchpoints, and it was critical that these locations close in accordance with Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order, for the safety of our staff and customers," said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. "We are pleased to begin reopening these locations, with safety protocols in place."
Beginning Friday, May 8, the following driver license centers will reopen with limited services:
Hours of operation at all these Driver License Centers will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.
Additional Driver License and Photo License Centers will reopen in yellow phase counties in the next few days. As the centers open, they will offer limited services. Customers will be able to obtain the following services as they plan their visit to one of these centers:
Customers seeking renewal of their non-commercial license or ID should renew online or by mail to avoid an unnecessary visit to the Driver License Center.
In an effort to support social distancing and reduce initial volume and demand at driver license centers, the following customer services will not be initially available:
In all reopened driver license centers, the following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place:
As PennDOT reopens Driver License and Photo License Centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff will work with each customer when they arrive to plan their visit, with additional staff serving as greeters to screen documents and provide information for a smooth and safe transaction as possible. PennDOT apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates customers’ understanding during this transition.
Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.
PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will continue to reopen other locations as soon as safely possible.
A list of the projects that PennDOT has deemed "emergency" projects that will be part of the first round of construction projects to be addressed. This is in addition to the 61 projects announced earlier.View List
On behalf of our members, PACA reached out to PennDOT to ask how PennDOT Municipal Services will manage delivery tickets under COVID-19 protocol:
As you are aware, PennDOT has released the Guidance for Restarting Construction Projects and one of the key elements from the materials end is the handling of delivery tickets (physical v electronic) by our industry.
The following response was received from PennDOT Personnel:
In response to your April 8th email below regarding delivery of material and associated tickets, PennDOT recommends your members follow the Guidance for Restarting Construction Projects Final v1.6 3-30-20 (attached for reference/inclusion), Page 21, Materials Deliveries to Project Site, sub-bullets 1 & 2. (excerpt below)
Material Deliveries to Project Site
View Guidance Document
Today, March 31, PACA received the following press released from PennDOT:
Work Continues on PennDOT Emergency and Critical Highway and Bridge Infrastructure Projects
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that 61 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects will be active statewide this week. While the normal highway and bridge construction program has paused as the commonwealth addresses COVID-19 response, urgent emergency work has continued to ensure a reliable transportation system as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to unfold.
On March 17, in response to Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation guidance, PennDOT paused construction projects statewide to minimize COVID-19 exposure for PennDOT and private-sector employees, as well as the communities where they live and work.
“A safe and reliable transportation network is always of the utmost importance, but it becomes even more crucial in times of crisis,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We need to ensure that work continues on these critical projects, and we are taking the proper precautions to help ensure the safety of both our employees and our partners in the industry.”
For any work activity addressing critical asset issues, strategies are deployed that include cleanliness protocols for jobsites and offices, social distancing guidelines, procedures to address employee sickness, and the safe handling of material deliveries.
The emergency work that continues addresses specific safety need criteria, such as landslide repairs, or critical bridge, tunnel and drainage repairs, and work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the ability for the movement of life sustaining goods and services. Conditions are continuously evaluated to determine the appropriate response.View Project List
See the all the documents released by PennDOT below.
Please note that the below documents apply to both PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike as well.
Please see the memo below regarding Clarification for use of Publication 408/2016, Change No. 7, for projects with original advertised let dates prior to April 10, 2020.Read Memo
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reopening indoor facilities at 23 select rest areas across Pennsylvania to all motorists, including the 13 facilities in critical locations that were reopened March 18 with portable restrooms and handwashing facilities.
PennDOT's 30 rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Governor Tom Wolf's mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place.
"While unnecessary travel is discouraged as we all do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we understand that some trips are necessary and that access to rest areas is important," said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. "We are constantly evaluating our actions and services in responding to this emergency and will make adjustments where we can safely do so."
All reopened rest areas will return to normal service with additional cleaning and maintenance. A complete list of open locations is below:
The department will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is implementing the following operational changes in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19. Bid lettings scheduled for March 19 and March 26, 2020, will move to an interim date of April 2, 2020.
In accordance with Governor Wolf’s March 11, 2020 directive on Planning for Large Meetings, Conferences, Trainings, and Community Events and based on advice from the Department of Health regarding the mitigation of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the remaining PennDOT/NECEPT Certified Concrete Field Testing Technician Certification courses already scheduled for 2020 are being canceled. These courses will not be rescheduled, and the following will apply for the 2020 construction season:
In accordance with Governor Wolf’s March 11, 2020 directive on Planning for Large Meetings, Conferences, Trainings, and Community Events and based on advice from the Department of Health regarding the mitigation of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the remaining PennDOT/NECEPT Certified Aggregate Technician Certification courses already scheduled for 2020 are being canceled. These courses will not be rescheduled, and the following will apply for the 2020 construction season:Read More
Note: This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. This guidance is intended only to provide clarity regarding existing requirements under the law.Read Document
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), please see the guidance links below. They clarify driver drug and alcohol testing, and CDL waivers.
Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration 03/19/2020Read More