News for Constituents

Angling for a Free Fun Family Adventure

Introduce the family to a free day of fishing along a Pennsylvania waterway on one of two upcoming holiday weekends.  The first Fish-for-Free Day falls on Sunday, May 26, 2019, with the second scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

While no license is required on Fish for Free Days, all other fishing regulations apply.  Review a copy of the 2019 PA Fishing Summary for laws and regulations, regional office locations, and bait, tackle, and equipment recommendations.  Contact the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program to borrow a rod, reel, and tackle box.

Continue your household’s flow of information on fishing, conservation, and safety with a subscription to Pennsylvania Angler & Boater.  Each magazine contains the latest edition of the PA League of Angling Youth (PLAY) newsletter geared toward those 8-12 years of age.  Previous online PLAY newsletters are filled with titles like, Freaky Fish of Pennsylvania and an Introduction to Amphibians.

PennDOT Seeking Your Input on Winter Services

Though spring has sprung, snow will return with seasonal change.  A ten-question 2019 PennDOT Winter Services Survey, prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), is available through May 7, 2019 to assist in meeting the wintertime needs of the motoring public.

The survey seeks information regarding your travel experiences and expectations.  You will be asked about travel in poor weather, snow removal, and PennDOT’s winter services.

PennDOT is also interested in your sources for roadway information.  Pennsylvania’s 511PA website goes beyond standard traffic and incident information.  You can also locate plow trucks and assess road conditions through 511PA.

Spring Showers Bring Thoughts of Floods and Insurance

Spring showers bring thoughts of flood insurance, according to the Pennsylvania Department of InsuranceFlooding is the most frequent and damaging natural disaster occurring in Pennsylvania and is typically not covered by homeowners or renter’s insurance.

When choosing between the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), licensed insurance companies, and surplus lines, note that switching from NFIP to private flood insurance could trigger a premium increase if the choice is made to return to NFIP coverage.  Private flood insurance may also preclude you from certain hazard mitigation grant programs if your property is located in a flood prone area.

Interested homeowners are encouraged to complete and submit an application for flood insurance as soon as possible, keeping in mind there is a waiting period for approval.  Contact the NFIP Help Center at 800-427-4661 for further assistance.

Road Construction Season is Underway in PA

Motorists are encouraged to consult the list of current PA Department of Transportation road, highway, and bridge construction projects during road construction season.

Open the 511PA maps legend and select “Active Roadwork”.  Locate and click on any construction symbols you may encounter for confirmation of effected roadway and pinpoint details allowing you to plan for the delay or choose an alternate route.  Confirm any potential delays due to heavy traffic (red) or stop and go (black) patterns of travel. 

Morning, noon, or the middle of the night, 511PA reflects up-to-date information on traffic delays, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and more than 860 traffic cameras.  Additional details on projects are available by clicking on the Regional Offices map and selecting one of eight. 

Springtime Garden Getaway

If a springtime getaway is on your agenda, VisitPA invites you to enjoy some of Pennsylvania’s top gardens, including America’s first botanical garden, Bartram’s Garden founded in 1728.  It is home to the oldest gingko tree in North America, a 1785 gift to the U.S. from London. 

Stroll through the historic garden and see Bartram’s medicinal plant display that inspired his writing of a 1751 treatise that was published by Benjamin Franklin in the Medicina Britannica.  Then head to New Hope and take in the nearly 800 native species of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Whether you choose to travel north, south, east, west, or through central Pennsylvania, an arboretum and garden getaway await your visit.  Order your 2019 PA Travel Guide, Happy Traveler to help you plan your flower-filled weekend or vacation.  Sneak a peek online

PA Tackles Litter

Springtime marks the kickoff of Pennsylvania’s efforts to tackle roadside litter.  More than 121 million pounds of trash has been removed from the Pennsylvania landscape. 

Sponsor-A-Highway involves businesses and interested parties securing agreements for maintenance, including litter collection, graffiti removal, sweeping, landscape plantings, and mowing.  Sponsors are recognized by signage along the designated highway. 

Adopt-A-Highway entails the beautification efforts of volunteers and civic groups with PennDOT supplying safety vests, trash bags, work gloves, “Litter Crew Ahead” signs, and other necessary equipment.  Volunteers are also recognized with roadside signage.