17 Oct

BLOG: New Plow Tracking Technology Put To The Test

first_img By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation January 26, 2016 BLOG: New Plow Tracking Technology Put To The Test Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Blizzard 2016,  Innovation,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Much of the state just experienced historic snowfall that brought, in some cases, a winter’s worth of snow over a couple of days. Thankfully, many Pennsylvanians heeded our warnings to not travel during this hazardous weather. But without being on the road, it can be hard to assess conditions, especially for those who don’t have the option to stay home.On Saturday afternoon, a PennDOT plow was the only vehicle on part of Interstate 81.This winter, we have made available on www.511PA.com the location of more than 700 PennDOT and contracted plow trucks across the state. These trucks cover mostly interstates and expressways, and are part of our Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system pilot. While these 700 trucks don’t represent all of PennDOT’s more than 2,200 trucks statewide, making this information available is a great resource for the public.Check out the story from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and how NBC 10 in Philadelphia showed their viewers how the plow tracker works.We were very pleased to see media, customers and officials alike sharing this resource online (just search “PennDOT track” on Twitter). And the numbers show that 511PA, which also offers travel alerts, traffic cameras, alerts on speed and vehicle restrictions and more, was used by hundreds of thousands of customers. The website saw 379,000 visits from Friday through Sunday – 173,000 of those came on Saturday, making it the highest number of visits since the site launched in 2009. From Friday through Monday, more than 121,000 of the visits used the “Plow Truck” option.And, as they say, there’s an app for that! While the 511PA app primarily gives hands-free, eyes-free travel updates while you’re traveling, you can also use it before you go to check our traffic map where you can see the plow truck information. We’re still getting numbers for the whole weekend, but on Friday when the storm started, nearly 10,000 people downloaded the iPhone or Android app, bringing the total number of app users to more than 112,000!Through a weekend that relied so heavily on our services, we were glad to have another example of PennDOT’s efforts to support a Government That Works for Pennsylvania drivers. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

28 Sep

Moonlight viewing secures architect’s gift house

first_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN BUNYA More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“The buyer was from North Queensland but he was in Sydney on business and he wanted to see the house at 8.30pm at night, so I had an open house at 7pm in the middle of the bush,” Madeleine Hicks said. This architect-designed house was sold after a late night inspection.A LATE night viewing followed by a phone call to North Queensland has secured the sale of a private oasis on the fringe of the Bunyaville Forest Reserve.Madeleine Hicks Real Estate took 35 Wilga Drive at Bunya to market in a four week campaign that saw 145 separate inquiries, 45 inspections and three offers of sale.But it was a late night flight from Sydney that clinched the deal. The property sits on a 3501sq m block.“It was very dark. We didn’t leave there until after 9pm.”The buyer phoned his wife in North Queensland to talk her through the property and within 36 hours they had bought the house for $1.27 million.“It was just the way everything opens out on the bush,’’ Ms Hicks said of the five-bedroom architecturally-designed house.“The gentleman who built it, built it with love. Even the master bedroom had doors that just opened up and you had the bed looking out on to the grass and the bush.”last_img read more