PennDOT says Commonwealth highway fatalities reached a new low in 2019, dropping to 1,059, the lowest since record keeping began in 1928. The data shows 131 fewer fatalities than in 2018. The number of unrestrained fatalities dropped from 398 in 2018 to 330 last year, the lowest it has been in the last 20 years. Other areas that saw significant decreases in 2019 were fatalities in aggressive driving crashes, fatal crashes involving a driver 65 years of age or older, and pedestrian fatalities.
State Senate Republican leaders have called on Governor Tom Wolf to sign legislation giving county governments more control over letting residents return to work and allowing more employers to resume operations under state and federal safety guidelines. The bills, recently approved by the General Assembly and formally sent to the governor Monday, would bring back more than 200,000 jobs across Pennsylvania. Among the package, Senate Bill 327 gives county governments the option to develop and implement individual plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and allow residents to safely return to work. Any plan must comply with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health safety guidelines to protect workers and customers.
The American Red Cross is looking for healthy individuals to donate blood or platelets. The Red Cross will be in Juniata County for blood drive today. The bloodmobile will be at Richfield UMC on Church Street in Richfield from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Work will begin on the T-358 (Covered Bridge Road) rehabilitation project in Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, on Wednesday (May 20th). Starting Wednesday, the bridge will be closed and replacement work will start. A detour of approximately 3-miles will in place. PennDOT says all work on the project is expected to be completed by late-June. Work is weather dependent.