This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. The “nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization” was chartered by Congress in 1919. In March, Governor Tom Wolf declared September 15th to be “Pennsylvania American Legion Day.” The Legion has built a legacy of dedication and service to veterans, the military, families and communities since its founding. With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, the American Legion was founded on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans’ affairs, and Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation and around the world.
Work is proceeding on the Route 322 project near Burnham. The contractor will perform drainage work on Route 4013 this week (week of September 9th). Traffic control will be provided by channel devices. Traffic impacts will be minimal, but motorists are urged to exercise caution when passing through the work zone. Paving of the left (passing) lane of Route 322 westbound is complete, but the lane remains closed to traffic while the contractor continues replacing median barrier. The eastbound left (passing) lane is also closed for this purpose. The closures are expected to be in place through early October. The single lane closure on Route 322 westbound just before the Charles Street on-ramp remains in effect.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6-percent toll increase for 2020. The increase is largely driven by annual $450 million payments to PennDOT for transit operations around the state. The payments are mandated by Acts 44 and 89, and funding for the PTC’s 10-year capital program. The toll increase takes effect January 5th for E-ZPass and cash customers.