|PA Turnpike to Unveil New Safety Campaign after Employee Deaths in 2012 and 2014
Campaign features pleas from Turnpike maintenance workers to slow down in work zones.
|The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is teaming up with the Pennsylvania State Police to launch a new, statewide Work Zone Safety Campaign with a simple message: Slow down in work zones.
The campaign comes less than a year after Turnpike maintenance employee Bill McGuigan was killed in a Chester County work zone. McGuigan, of Ardsley, Pa., was killed June 1, 2014 when he was struck by a truck that apparently entered the closed lane in which he was working. He was the second Turnpike worker killed in the region in 20 months.
Over the years, more than 30 Pennsylvania Turnpike employees have lost their lives while performing their duties; many of these tragedies happened in work zones. This comprehensive media campaign including TV commercials featuring actual Turnpike workers is aimed at getting drivers to slow down in work zones and save lives as the highway-construction season gets under way.
EVENT: Work Zone Safety: “Pledge to Slow Down”
DATE: April 17, 2015
TIME: 2:00 p.m. rain or shine
LOCATION: Harrison City Maintenance Facility on Westbound PA Turnpike/I-76 at milepost 63
SPEAKERS: PA Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan; PA Turnpike Chief Executive Officer Mark P. Compton; and Lieutenant David L. Cain, Acting Captain of Pennsylvania State Police Troop T (the unit in charge of Turnpike patrols)
VISUALS: In addition to the speakers, Turnpike road crews and the vehicles and warning signs used in work zones will be on hand; the television commercials to be aired on local media will be shown; and a state trooper with a radar gun will be demonstrating a work zone enforcement initiative called Operation Orange Squeeze.
DIRECTIONS: The Harrison City Maintenance Shed is located on the westbound PA Turnpike (I-76) at milepost 63.2. The street address to access the shed via local roadways by GPS is:
1012 Sandy Hill Road
If coming from the Parkway East, get on the PA Turnpike (I-76) at Pittsburgh/Monroeville (Exit #57) and drive east towards Harrisburg. Drive past the Harrison City Maintenance Shed (which will be on your left) and exit at the Irwin Interchange (Exit #67). Pay the toll as you normally would, then either use the street address above or reenter the Turnpike going westbound (back towards Pittsburgh).* If reentering the PA Turnpike, and you are not an E-Z Pass customer be sure to get a ticket. Travel west towards Pittsburgh and the maintenance building will be on the right about four miles from the Irwin Interchange.
*It is illegal to make a U-Turn at toll plazas. Please don’t break any traffic laws when getting back onto the Turnpike.
QUESTIONS: Renee Vid Colborn, Manager of Media and Public Relations, 717-831-7507.