Travel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf DNC, The Blog The Democratic National Convention, being held from July 25 to 28, will bring thousands of visitors, media and others to Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is excited to host this national event and PennDOT is working with national, state and local officials to ensure it’s a safe and smooth one.To help residents and visitors alike, we’ve set up 511pa.com/DNC, a travelers’ website dedicated to this event. There, you can find information on real-time traffic conditions in the Philadelphia region, along with street closures around the convention venue at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The site is responsive on mobile devices so you can check the site from just about anywhere!Even if you’re not attending the convention or plan to just pass through the region, I encourage you to check out the site in advance and also during the event so you can plan ahead and avoid any potential inconveniences as much as possible.We’re taking many measures to not only help maintain safety, but also to keep you moving.Road Restrictions, Closures, and DetoursAll interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region will remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters should allow additional time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 during this time because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95 (see “Commercial Drivers”). Citizens should consider using public transportation for travel into and out of Center City.The I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) in south Philadelphia also will be closed during convention week.The I-95 north exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be closed from Friday, July 22 at 8:00 PM until midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be open intermittently during convention week, but only for access to the Navy Yard. The southbound exit-ramp will be closed:Friday, July 22, at 8:00 PM to Saturday, July 23, at 6:00 AM;Monday, July 25, at 2:00 PM to Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 AM;Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 PM to Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 AM;Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 AM; andThursday, July 28, at 2:00 PM to midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 off-ramp will be open to the Navy Yard only at all other times during convention week.The posted detours for motorists to follow during the closure of the I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) are:From I-95 North: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611); andFrom I-95 South: Enterprise Avenue, to Island Avenue, to Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611).Commercial DriversDue to security at the convention, there will be some commercial vehicle restrictions in place during the event. Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia from Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM, until midday Friday, July 29.What commercial vehicles are restricted?Among the types of commercial vehicles to be restricted from traveling on this part of I-95 during the convention are delivery trucks, utility vehicles, parcel trucks, small dump trucks, buses, flatbed and stake trucks, refrigerated and box trucks, large delivery trucks, refuse trucks, cement mixers, buses, and all tractor trailer combinations including double trailers.In addition, motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons will also be restricted from traveling on this section of I-95.Keeping You Informed and MovingWhen it comes to managing area roadways, PennDOT is working closely with regional transportation partners to coordinate travel-related messaging and the use of electronic message signs to inform commercial drivers and travelers of I-95 travel restrictions in Philadelphia during this special event. Messages will be posted on 109 permanent and portable electronic message signs beginning Saturday, July 16, and continuing throughout the week of the convention.PennDOT will not close travel lanes on the following interstate highways and expressways for construction and maintenance activities from Sunday night, July 24, to Friday morning, July 29: I-76; I-95 between I-676 and I-476: I-676; U.S. 202 between Route 29 and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 23.Expanded, Free Roadside AssistanceTo further help motorists and expedite the reopening of travel lanes resulting from breakdowns or incidents during the convention, PennDOT will operate its State Farm Safety Patrol tow truck service around-the-clock from Saturday, July 23, to Friday, July 29, on I-76; I-95 between Route 63 and the Delaware state line; I-476; I-676; U.S. 202 between Boot Road and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 29.Visit the City of Philadelphia website to learn more about the convention, receive alerts from the city, and much more. 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Osgood, Ind. — The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce welcomed several new members at their most recent meeting in Osgood.The list includes API Americas, Back 2 Basics Salon LLC, Bird in a Tree Boutique, Chosen Designs, DCH Physical Therapy, George’s Family Pharmacy, German American Bank, Loving Hearts Hospice & Palliative Care, Mac’s Auto Center, Margarita’s Mexican Grill, Monica’s Boutique, The Sherman and Thompson Outdoor Power.
Joyce Marie Lambert Shannon, 63, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born September 23, 1953 in Batesville, IN, daughter of the late Robert Lambert and Martha Lambert.Joyce belonged to the First Baptist Church of Aurora. She liked to fish, liked Nascar and boating. She loved going to her grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with family.Surviving are daughter, Tammy (Brandon) Huffman of Aurora, IN; siblings, Constance Powell of Rising Sun, IN, Jerry “Moody” Lambert of Lawrenceburg, IN, Dennis “Punky” (Rita) Lambert of FL.; grandchildren, Zander Denison, Megan Cade, Damon Huffman, Ethan Huffman, Brooklynn Huffman, Bekka Rogers, Kolten Griffin, Taylar Harding, Daisy Griffin; great-grandchildren, Konnar Denison, Dreyton and Camden Rogers and Aviahna Day.She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Gary Shawn Griffin.Memorial visitation will be Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
The Florida Senate acted this week to prevent towns and cities including Key West from banning the sale of sunscreen items that contain chemicals which can potentially harm coral reefs.In a 12-4 vote on Wednesday, the Rules Committee sent a measure (SB 172) to the Senate floor that is intended to block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, with a focus on sunscreens.According to Republican Senator and bill sponsor Rob Bradley, who also chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, local governments should not be allowed to put restrictions on sunscreen, as it is needed to protect Floridians as well as tourists from getting skin cancer.He adds, “All sunscreen should be available throughout the state of Florida for people who buy it so that they can protect themselves. We should listen to those (skin cancer) experts and listen to that science, which is clear. We should not listen to junk science. That’s another thing I think our constituents expect of us.”The issue revolves around sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.Bradley cites findings by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), the Legislature’s research arm, about the effects of the chemicals. The agency concluded that oxybenzone and octinoxate have negative effects on corals and marine life when they are exposed to “concentration levels generally not observed in nature.”The agency added that the chemicals could also be found in seawater from “wastewater effluent, leaching from plastics, and leaching from hull paints on ships.”Deborah Foote, director of government affairs for the Sierra Club Florida, says people can easily use sunscreens without the disputed chemicals.The use of chemical sunscreens is not worth the risk to the reefs in tourist destinations such as Key West, according to the Surfrider Foundation’s Florida policy manager director, Holly Parker Curry.She explained before the vote, “Coral reefs are immensely valuable not only to Florida’s economy generally but particularly to the Keys and Key West,” Curry said in her testimony before Monday’s vote. In addition, Curry cited estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which show that Florida’s coral reefs have an asset value of $8.5 billion and support around 70,000 jobs.Florida League of Cities legislative director Rebecca O’Hara advised the committee to postpone enacting the preemption until more research could be conducted on the impact of the chemicals on coral reefs. She cautions, “I think there is probably good science out there, but I think it’s fair to say there is probably not enough to convince everybody.”“Our visitors are not expected to understand or appreciate the various particularities of different cities or counties and know what the rules are,” says Republican Senator Kathleen Passidomo, of Naples.She continues, “As a local government passes an ordinance that is totally different than anywhere else in the state, how are we supposed to know about it? You can have visitors coming to Key West without sunscreen, without products that protect their skin and then they can’t buy them. That’s just one example of why sometimes it’s in the best interest of the state of Florida that we preempt certain activities.”An identical bill in the House (HB 113) needs to get approval from two more panels before it can go to the full House. The Key West ban is scheduled to go into effect in January of next year.