Pennsylvania State Police

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Beam Piper's 1965 science fiction novel Lord Kalvan of Otherwhens eponymous character begins the story as a PSP Trooper. An undercover PSP Trooper played by Sarah Jessica Parker co-stars with Bruce Willis playing a Pittsburgh Police River Rescue Squad officer in the 1993 movie Striking Distance. A PSP Trooper is played by Harland Williams in the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The PSP were featured in the CSI: NY episode "Redemption" as well as the Law & Order season 9 episode 10 titled "Hate". The PSP is featured in the 2004 TV film Boa vs. Python. Featured in the movie For Richer or Poorer. Stephen King's novel From a Buick 8 features Troop D in a fictional town named Statler.


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The Pennsylvania Turnpike system is 535 mi long, with the mainline portion stretching from Ohio to Philadelphia and New Jersey. It is overseen by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Another major east–west route is Interstate 80, which runs primarily in the northern tier of the state from Ohio to New Jersey at the Delaware Water Gap. Interstate 90 travels the relatively short distance between Ohio and New York through Erie County, in the extreme northwestern part of the state.

Ed Rendell

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Edward Gene Rendell (born January 5, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, politician, and author. He served as the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011, as chair of the national Democratic Party, and as the Mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000.

Levittown, Pennsylvania

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Mark S. Schweiker, Republican former Governor of Pennsylvania. Steve Slaton, Former running back for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. David Uosikkinen, drummer for rock band The Hooters. Troy Vincent, former NFL defensive back, attended Pennsbury High School. Earl "the Twirl" Williams, American-Israeli former professional basketball player. Anderson, David, Levittown is Burning: Gas Line Riot and the Decline of the Blue-Collar American Dream," Labor: Studies in Working-Class History in the Americas (Duke University Press: Fall 2005).

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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James Gould Cozzens lived in Lambertville, New Jersey, just across the river from Bucks County, and used Doylestown as the model for the setting of two novels; he is considered a Bucks County artist. Allen Saalburg relocated to Bucks County in 1947, and named his press after the canal. The county boasts many local theater companies, including the long-established and recently reopened Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Town and Country Players in Buckingham, ActorsNET in Morrisville, and the Bristol Riverside Theatre, a professional Equity theater in Bristol.

Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 77,742. Its county seat is Somerset. The county was created from part of Bedford County on April 17, 1795, and named after the county of Somerset in England.

Western Pennsylvania

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Perhaps the best known transportation innovation to simplify access to this area is the famous Pennsylvania Turnpike, the first modern limited access highway in North America. The initial problem was economic marketing of a limited number of goods that could stand such high freight costs. The insensitivity of the new U.S. Federal Government to the marketing problems in the west led to the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania, an event which seriously challenged the political viability of the new American nation. Later marketing arrangements turned to access via the Ohio River, with Pittsburgh a barge and steamboat center of the mid-continent.

Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania

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In New Stanton, I-70 exits the main highway alignment to merge with the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76). The main alignment itself continues as a very short spur with no route number, then picks up U.S. 119 at an interchange with PA 66. For 86 miles from New Stanton to Breezewood, I-70 shares a concurrency with I-76 along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I-70 passes through a wind farm in Somerset County, and close to the 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. It then intersects I-99 in Bedford County before reaching the eastern end of its concurrency with the Turnpike in Breezewood.

Ohio Turnpike

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The road runs east–west in the northern section of the state, with the western end at the Indiana–Ohio border near Bryan where it meets the Indiana Toll Road, and the eastern end at the Ohio–Pennsylvania border near Petersburg, where it meets the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The road is owned and maintained by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC), headquartered in Berea. Built from 1949 to 1955, construction for the roadway was completed a year prior to the Interstate Highway System. The modern Ohio Turnpike is signed as three Interstate numbers: I-76, I-80, and I-90.

Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania

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Prior to 2018, I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) crossed with no interchange. I-276 continued east to the Delaware River Bridge and I-95 continued north to the Scudder Falls Bridge. In order to remedy this and also provide a continuous route for Interstate 95, eliminating the gap in New Jersey, a high-speed interchange between the two roads was built. I-95 was rerouted onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike into New Jersey toward the New Jersey Turnpike, cutting back I-276 to the interchange, and I-295 was extended into Pennsylvania along the former I-95 alignment around Trenton to end at the interchange.

Breezewood, Pennsylvania

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I-70 uses a surface road (part of US 30) with at-grade intersections to connect the freeway heading south to Hancock, Maryland with the ramp to I-76, which through this section is the Pennsylvania Turnpike toll road.

South Pennsylvania Railroad

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In 1937 the new Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission bought the old line from the two railroads, and in 1938 construction began between Carlisle and Irwin. Two of the workers from the South Pennsylvania Railroad project (one contractor and one laborer) also worked on the Turnpike despite the 54-year time difference in construction.

New Jersey Turnpike

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The second extension, known as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension (or Pennsylvania Turnpike Connector), carries I-95 off the mainline of the New Jersey Turnpike at exit 6 and connects to the Pennsylvania Turnpike via the Delaware River–Turnpike Toll Bridge, a continuous truss bridge spanning the Delaware River. A 6 mi, six-lane highway, it has an exit, designated as 6A, to US 130 near Florence. The extension was formerly designated as Route 700P, but was officially designated as I-95 after the Somerset Freeway was cancelled, and was signed as such when the first components of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project were completed on September 22, 2018.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

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On April 28, 2010, Governor Ed Rendell proposed that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission would be merged into the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. A special session of the state legislature voted on this issue on May 4. On August 26, 2010, PennDOT told the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that they needed to pay them $118 million for public transit funding provided by Act 44 or PennDOT would have veto power over the Turnpike Commission's decisions. In March 2019, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a $2 million study regarding a proposed hyperloop system in Pennsylvania.

Interstate Highway System

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This situation was remedied when the construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project started in 2010 and partially opened on September 22, 2018, which was already enough to fill the gap. However, I-70 remains discontinuous in Pennsylvania, because of the lack of a direct interchange with the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the eastern end of the concurrency near Breezewood. Traveling in either direction, I-70 traffic must exit the freeway and use a short stretch of US-30 (which includes a number of roadside services) to rejoin I-70.


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Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 76, Interstate 70, Interstate 276, Interstate 476, and Interstate 95. Pittsburgh International Airport. Portland–Columbia Toll Bridge. Scudder Falls Bridge/Interstate 295. Trenton–Morrisville Toll Bridge/U.S. Route 1. Walt Whitman Bridge/Interstate 76. Pell Bridge/Rhode Island Route 138. Statewide truck-only tolling program. Boulevard Bridge/Virginia State Route 161. Dulles Toll Road/Virginia State Route 267. Dulles Greenway/Virginia State Route 267. 495 Express Lanes/Interstate 495 (HOT lanes). Powhite Parkway/Virginia State Route 76. Downtown Expressway/Virginia State Route 195. George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge/U.S. Route 17.

New Stanton, Pennsylvania

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New Stanton is often used as a control city in western parts of Pennsylvania, as I-70 joins the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) eastbound towards Breezewood, Pennsylvania in New Stanton, and is a free highway westbound. New Stanton is located at 40.22°N, -79.60361°W (40.219990, -79.603719). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.0 sqmi, of which, 3.9 sqmi of it is land and 0.1 sqmi of it (1.26%) is water. Most of New Stanton is surrounded by Hempfield Township and has two other borders with Youngwood to the northeast and Hunker to the south-southwest.

Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project

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I-295 was extended from its former northern terminus at US 1 in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, west and south across the Scudder Falls Bridge along the former section of I-95 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I-95 was redirected eastward along the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the New Jersey Turnpike. Stage 2, to begin in 2020, will widen the turnpike, rebuild the Bensalem Interchange with US 1, replace three overpasses, and further connect I-276, I-95, and I-295. Stage 3, to start no earlier than 2025, will add the second Delaware River Bridge span. The project completes I-95, a 1,900-mile highway that runs from Maine to Florida.

Interstate 376

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Along with the Delaware River–Turnpike Toll Bridge (which is affected by the ongoing Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project), the Beaver Valley Expressway became one of the first sections of the Pennsylvania Turnpike system to implement all-electronic tolling, which began along the Beaver Valley Expressway on April 30, 2017. The Beaver Valley Expressway was selected as a test area so that the PTC could work out any bugs with mailing non-E-ZPass users bills with their unpaid tolls.

Ticket system

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First employed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when it opened in 1940, the ticket system has been utilized on lengthy toll highways in which the exits are spread out over a distance on an average of 7 to 10 mi per exit. * Electronic ticket New Jersey Turnpike—entire length, including Newark Bay Extension and Pearl Harbor Extension. Pennsylvania Turnpike—between Warrendale Toll Plaza and Neshaminy Falls Toll Plaza on the mainline, and between Mid-County Toll Plaza and Wyoming Valley Toll Plaza on Northeast Extension.

Pennsylvania Route 66

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Hutchinson Bypass and is signed as PA Turnpike 66, a part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike System serving as a bypass of Greensburg. The Bypass runs between US 119 and US 22. PA Turnpike 66 begins in New Stanton at a cloverleaf interchange with US 119, immediately east of connections to Interstate 70 and Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike. Up to Arona Road, its first interchange, no tolls are collected. The route then meets PA 136 before reaching the Hempfield Toll Plaza. Near Jeannette, PA Turnpike 66 interchanges with US 30 and PA 130. North of here, the road meets PA 66 Business before reaching the northern terminus of the same route 3 mi further north.

Irwin, Pennsylvania

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Irwin was the original western terminus of the Pennsylvania Turnpike when it opened in October 1940. Brush Hill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.9 sqmi, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,366 people, 2,084 households, and 1,131 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,947.0 people per square mile (1,915.6/km 2 ). There were 2,277 housing units at an average density of 2,580.0 per square mile (999.0/km 2 ).

Beaver River Bridge

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The Beaver River Bridge (also called "Beaver Valley Bridge") is a bridge that carries the Pennsylvania Turnpike across the Beaver River in North Sewickley Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Built in 1951 and opened in 1952, the 0-year-old bridge is being redesigned with construction of a new span not expected to begin until 2020 or later. The Beaver River Bridge has a total length of 1546 ft and a clearance below of 170 ft making it higher than the Delaware River Bridge's 160 ft clearance on the PA Turnpike's eastern terminus in Bucks County, but lower than the Hawk Falls Bridge's 190 ft clearance on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension in Carbon County.

Concurrency (road)

An example of this is the concurrency of Interstate 70 (I-70) and I-76 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in western Pennsylvania. I-70 merges with the Pennsylvania Turnpike so the route number can ultimately continue east into Maryland; instead of having a second physical highway built to carry the route, it is combined with the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the I-76 designation. A triple Interstate concurrency is found in Wisconsin along the 5 mi section of I-41, I-43, and I-894 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The concurrency of I-41 and I-43 on this roadway is an example of a wrong-way concurrency. The longest Interstate highway concurrency is I-80 and I-90 for 265 mi across Indiana and Ohio.

Norristown, Pennsylvania

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Main Street (also known as Ridge Pike outside of the municipality) and Airy Street run east–west through the downtown, eventually leading to interchanges for I-476 (the Blue Route) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276), respectively, in Plymouth Meeting. U.S. 202 is the major north–south route through the town, connecting it with other nearby county seats such as Doylestown and West Chester. U.S. 202 is split into a one-way pair through the municipality, as DeKalb St. is designated “U.S. 202 North” while Markley St. is signed “U.S. 202 South.” Norristown is the largest multi-modal transportation hub in Montgomery County.