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(Philly.com)   The Pennsylvania Turnpike has a new commissioner. Bidding will start at one million dollars   (philly.com ) divider line
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2013-04-01 11:07:28 AM  
One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.
 
2013-04-01 11:12:40 AM  

coeyagi: One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.


I think the headline means bidding to own the Commissioner.
 
2013-04-01 11:13:15 AM  
I'm so glad I only have to make about a dozen or so 30 mile round-trip drives a year on that road (valley forge - doylestown and back to visit the parents).
 
There really isn't another good way to go.
 
2013-04-01 11:16:17 AM  

coeyagi: One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.


That's the stretch I drive most commonly. Just drove it yesterday. It doesn't need fixing as far as I could tell.
 
2013-04-01 11:19:00 AM  
All westbound lanes of the PA turnpike were shut down on Friday for FIVE HOURS because a truck spilled CORN. No hazmats, just CORNhttp://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/overturned-tractor-trailer- c auses-traffic-problems-on-turnpike-in-new-stanton/
 
Hope this new guy can get things moving more quickly after a simple accident. I'll kick in for the bribe if that's what it takes.
 
2013-04-01 11:19:07 AM  
What, did Satan retire?
 
/That road has tried to kill me every time I've driven it.
 
2013-04-01 11:26:30 AM  
Obviously the state government is incapable of running a turnpike. Just sell it to the Spaniards or whoever Indiana sold theirs too.
 
2013-04-01 11:27:55 AM  
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2013-04-01 11:30:13 AM  

MrBonestripper: What, did Satan retire?
 
/That road has tried to kill me every time I've driven it.


That was probably me.
 
/so sorry
//if you're going under 115 MPH please stay in the right hand lane
 
2013-04-01 11:31:37 AM  

jtrockville: All westbound lanes of the PA turnpike were shut down on Friday for FIVE HOURS because a truck spilled CORN. No hazmats, just CORN.  http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/overturned-tractor-trailer- c auses-traffic-problems-on-turnpike-in-new-stanton/
 
Hope this new guy can get things moving more quickly after a simple accident. I'll kick in for the bribe if that's what it takes.


I'm guessing the tractor trailer on its side had more to do with the closure than the corn.
 
2013-04-01 11:32:00 AM  

theknuckler_33: coeyagi: One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.

That's the stretch I drive most commonly. Just drove it yesterday. It doesn't need fixing as far as I could tell.


I did too, and it's just fine, but if they could finally finish 476 in Montgomery County it would be nice. It has been FOREVER.
 
2013-04-01 11:33:10 AM  

YixilTesiphon: Obviously the state government is incapable of running a turnpike roads in general. Just sell it to the Spaniards or whoever Indiana sold theirs too.


The turnpike sucks, but it's so much better than 80 and (usually) 81.
 
2013-04-01 11:35:22 AM  

YixilTesiphon: theknuckler_33: coeyagi: One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.

That's the stretch I drive most commonly. Just drove it yesterday. It doesn't need fixing as far as I could tell.

I did too, and it's just fine, but if they could finally finish 476 in Montgomery County it would be nice. It has been FOREVER.


Actually, I did just remember that the westbound lanes getting on at Willow Grove is pretty effed up right now. Pretty major construction job. I can't believe I forgot that, but it is a mess and has been that way for a couple months at least, I think. It was that way at Christmas, that's for sure.
 
/can NOT believe I forgot about that.
 
2013-04-01 11:35:54 AM  

YixilTesiphon: Obviously the state government is incapable of running a turnpike. Just sell it to the Spaniards or whoever Indiana sold theirs too.


We tried selling it to the Australians, but then the big crash came and they couldn't borrow the money.  They had planned to raise the price to something like a dollar a mile in places.  Maybe some day....
 
2013-04-01 11:37:34 AM  
Only thing I want to know is why my in-laws were left stranded on the PA Turnpike at 1 am in the morning after blowing a tire.  They called AAA, but they said that they couldn't come on the Turnpike because it wasn't their jurisdiction of sorts and that someone who worked for the turnpike would come out....and no one did.  They can all go to h**l for all I care now.
 
2013-04-01 11:44:06 AM  

you have pee hands: YixilTesiphon: Obviously the state government is incapable of running a turnpike roads in general. Just sell it to the Spaniards or whoever Indiana sold theirs too.

The turnpike sucks, but it's so much better than 80 and (usually) 81.


I feel like our state government should be put on probationary restrictions. It's shown itself incapable of running toll roads and sports teams at its education institutions so far.
 
2013-04-01 11:46:22 AM  

theknuckler_33: YixilTesiphon: theknuckler_33: coeyagi: One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.

That's the stretch I drive most commonly. Just drove it yesterday. It doesn't need fixing as far as I could tell.

I did too, and it's just fine, but if they could finally finish 476 in Montgomery County it would be nice. It has been FOREVER.

Actually, I did just remember that the westbound lanes getting on at Willow Grove is pretty effed up right now. Pretty major construction job. I can't believe I forgot that, but it is a mess and has been that way for a couple months at least, I think. It was that way at Christmas, that's for sure.
 
/can NOT believe I forgot about that.


Just wait until they start widening Vally Forge to Willow Grove this summer.  It'll make you positively nostalgic for some ramp construction.
 
2013-04-01 11:48:32 AM  

bborchar: Only thing I want to know is why my in-laws were left stranded on the PA Turnpike at 1 am in the morning after blowing a tire.  They called AAA, but they said that they couldn't come on the Turnpike because it wasn't their jurisdiction of sorts and that someone who worked for the turnpike would come out....and no one did.  They can all go to h**l for all I care now.


AAA abandoned them because they're too cheap to spring for tolls.
 
The only way I know of to get state assistance on the PATP is to use the phones they have installed every mile or so.
 
2013-04-01 11:53:10 AM  

theknuckler_33: jtrockville: All westbound lanes of the PA turnpike were shut down on Friday for FIVE HOURS because a truck spilled CORN. No hazmats, just CORN.  http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/overturned-tractor-trailer- c auses-traffic-problems-on-turnpike-in-new-stanton/

 
Hope this new guy can get things moving more quickly after a simple accident. I'll kick in for the bribe if that's what it takes.
 
I'm guessing the tractor trailer on its side had more to do with the closure than the corn.
 
Could be, but they have tow trucks for that. Though the corn truck was still on the side of the road by the time we drove by. Even if it was on its side in the middle of the road, I have a hard time imagining why it took five hours to clear it.
 
2013-04-01 11:55:10 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: bborchar: Only thing I want to know is why my in-laws were left stranded on the PA Turnpike at 1 am in the morning after blowing a tire.  They called AAA, but they said that they couldn't come on the Turnpike because it wasn't their jurisdiction of sorts and that someone who worked for the turnpike would come out....and no one did.  They can all go to h**l for all I care now.

AAA abandoned them because they're too cheap to spring for tolls.
 
The only way I know of to get state assistance on the PATP is to use the phones they have installed every mile or so.


They called them back to say that help was on the way (PATP, not AAA).  An hour later, no one had showed up.  My FIL finally got the tire fixed himself (he didn't have the right jack, which is why it took him so long).  But he was livid.
 
2013-04-01 11:59:20 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: MrBonestripper: What, did Satan retire?
 
/That road has tried to kill me every time I've driven it.

That was probably me.
 
/so sorry
//if you're going under 115 MPH please stay in the right hand lane


No, it was the road itself.  Pop-up blizzards, lanes suddenly ending in great chasms without any warning signs, the 40 Miles of Straight that nearly did us in from boredom, at least three completely homicidal exit ramps.  Just a mean stretch of road.
 
2013-04-01 12:02:50 PM  

theknuckler_33: jtrockville: All westbound lanes of the PA turnpike were shut down on Friday for FIVE HOURS because a truck spilled CORN. No hazmats, just CORN.  http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/overturned-tractor-trailer- c auses-traffic-problems-on-turnpike-in-new-stanton/
 
Hope this new guy can get things moving more quickly after a simple accident. I'll kick in for the bribe if that's what it takes.

I'm guessing the tractor trailer on its side had more to do with the closure than the corn.


I've been stuck behind one of those before.  Was heading to see an ex and all of a sudden all the cars were just stopped and pulling over on the side of the road.  So we all ended up getting out and it looked like a scene out of a zombie/alien movie or something, all the cars parked, people wondering about confused.  Walked ~two miles to the scene of the accident and all 3-4 lanes were blocked by an RV that had tipped over.  Walked back to my car, found some people playing football, and we played football for about an hour in the middle of the highway until they got the thing out of the way and we could leave.  Was actually pretty fun and got to talk to a lot of new people.
 
2013-04-01 12:03:00 PM  

jtrockville: theknuckler_33: jtrockville: All westbound lanes of the PA turnpike were shut down on Friday for FIVE HOURS because a truck spilled CORN. No hazmats, just CORN.  http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/overturned-tractor-trailer- c auses-traffic-problems-on-turnpike-in-new-stanton/
 
Hope this new guy can get things moving more quickly after a simple accident. I'll kick in for the bribe if that's what it takes.
 
I'm guessing the tractor trailer on its side had more to do with the closure than the corn.
 
Could be, but they have tow trucks for that. Though the corn truck was still on the side of the road by the time we drove by. Even if it was on its side in the middle of the road, I have a hard time imagining why it took five hours to clear it.


I believe the towing services for the TP are contracted out to regional towers.  If they had a policy of "first tow rig on the scene gets the tow", they would clear the wrecks much faster.  Unfortunately the turnpike would then be jammed solid with tow trucks.
 
2013-04-01 12:03:01 PM  
Corruption is just one aspect of what is wrong with the PA turnpike. Any plans on tackling the patronage jobs?
 
2013-04-01 12:04:53 PM  

theknuckler_33: coeyagi: One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.

That's the stretch I drive most commonly. Just drove it yesterday. It doesn't need fixing as far as I could tell.


Really?  Sh******************************t.  It was pretty bad back in December and pretty much every god damn other time I drive it.  Wow, wonders never cease.
 
2013-04-01 12:04:57 PM  

bborchar: Marcus Aurelius: bborchar: Only thing I want to know is why my in-laws were left stranded on the PA Turnpike at 1 am in the morning after blowing a tire.  They called AAA, but they said that they couldn't come on the Turnpike because it wasn't their jurisdiction of sorts and that someone who worked for the turnpike would come out....and no one did.  They can all go to h**l for all I care now.

AAA abandoned them because they're too cheap to spring for tolls.
 
The only way I know of to get state assistance on the PATP is to use the phones they have installed every mile or so.

They called them back to say that help was on the way (PATP, not AAA).  An hour later, no one had showed up.  My FIL finally got the tire fixed himself (he didn't have the right jack, which is why it took him so long).  But he was livid.


This is the PA Turnpike we're talking about here.  Nothing happens in an hour.  Or two, even.
 
2013-04-01 12:05:56 PM  

angrymacface: coeyagi: One million dollars? Sh*******************************t.  You can't even fix the Turnpike from the KoP exit to the Willow Grove one for 10 times that amount.

I think the headline means bidding to own the Commissioner.


Really? Sh******************************************************************** *****************t.

//look man, it's PA, if you ain't biatchin' about the roads, you must be taking SEPTA.
 
2013-04-01 12:23:28 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: jtrockville: theknuckler_33: jtrockville: All westbound lanes of the PA turnpike were shut down on Friday for FIVE HOURS because a truck spilled CORN. No hazmats, just CORN.  http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/overturned-tractor-trailer- c auses-traffic-problems-on-turnpike-in-new-stanton/

Hope this new guy can get things moving more quickly after a simple accident. I'll kick in for the bribe if that's what it takes.

I'm guessing the tractor trailer on its side had more to do with the closure than the corn.

Could be, but they have tow trucks for that. Though the corn truck was still on the side of the road by the time we drove by. Even if it was on its side in the middle of the road, I have a hard time imagining why it took five hours to clear it.

I believe the towing services for the TP are contracted out to regional towers.  If they had a policy of "first tow rig on the scene gets the tow", they would clear the wrecks much faster.  Unfortunately the turnpike would then be jammed solid with tow trucks.


Back when I worked in a PATP toll booth (in the pre-dinosaur era), the special tow trucks that could haul a tractor trailer seemed to always be sitting around at the interchange waiting for such an occurrence.
 
2013-04-01 12:37:30 PM  

jtrockville: Marcus Aurelius: jtrockville: theknuckler_33: jtrockville: All westbound lanes of the PA turnpike were shut down on Friday for FIVE HOURS because a truck spilled CORN. No hazmats, just CORN.  http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/overturned-tractor-trailer- c auses-traffic-problems-on-turnpike-in-new-stanton/

Hope this new guy can get things moving more quickly after a simple accident. I'll kick in for the bribe if that's what it takes.

I'm guessing the tractor trailer on its side had more to do with the closure than the corn.

Could be, but they have tow trucks for that. Though the corn truck was still on the side of the road by the time we drove by. Even if it was on its side in the middle of the road, I have a hard time imagining why it took five hours to clear it.

I believe the towing services for the TP are contracted out to regional towers.  If they had a policy of "first tow rig on the scene gets the tow", they would clear the wrecks much faster.  Unfortunately the turnpike would then be jammed solid with tow trucks.

Back when I worked in a PATP toll booth (in the pre-dinosaur era), the special tow trucks that could haul a tractor trailer seemed to always be sitting around at the interchange waiting for such an occurrence.


Now I'll have to look out for them when I hit the TP.
 
2013-04-01 12:49:55 PM  
"Before his PennDot job, he was director of government relations for construction contractor American Infrastructure Co."  a/k/a Allan A. Myers, Inc. (half a billion dollar a year road and utility contractor)

Meet the new boss, something, something, something, won't get fooled again?
 
2013-04-01 12:59:50 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: "Before his PennDot job, he was director of government relations for construction contractor American Infrastructure Co."  a/k/a Allan A. Myers, Inc. (half a billion dollar a year road and utility contractor)

Meet the new boss, something, something, something, won't get fooled again?


Look on the bright side.  Now we'll know where most of the corruption is!
 
2013-04-01 01:03:08 PM  
New Pa. Turnpike head says he's ready to face down corruption BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AH*GASP* AH AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
 
2013-04-01 01:14:24 PM  
Everytime I see Harrisburg mentioned in TFA I wonder if Weaver's going to weigh in on it.

Probably small fish to fry, though. It's a damn turnpike.
 
2013-04-01 01:24:10 PM  
Is there still time to biatch about PA turnpike conditions?
 
2013-04-01 01:44:36 PM  
Wait, so the PA Turnpike follows I-76?  So, you pay for it in taxes AND at the booth?

/Californian
 
2013-04-01 01:48:30 PM  

Raging Whor Moans: Wait, so th PA Turnpik follows I-76?  So, you pay for it in taxs AND at th booth?

/Californian


Our gas taxs don't look so bad anymor, do thy?
 
2013-04-01 01:54:08 PM  

Raging Whore Moans: Wait, so the PA Turnpike follows I-76?  So, you pay for it in taxes AND at the booth?

/Californian


Coming and going.
 
2013-04-01 01:58:45 PM  
I think you better fix Penndot first
 
2013-04-01 02:10:21 PM  
I drive from NJ to Pittsburgh and back a few times a year. Been doing it for about 10 years. Every single time there has been construction going on, not once have I actually seen a person working.
 
2013-04-01 02:21:24 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: "Before his PennDot job, he was director of government relations for construction contractor American Infrastructure Co."  a/k/a Allan A. Myers, Inc. (half a billion dollar a year road and utility contractor)

Meet the new boss, something, something, something, won't get fooled again?


WOW! Fox guarding hen-house
 
2013-04-01 02:26:10 PM  

BMFPitt: I drive from NJ to Pittsburgh and back a few times a year. Been doing it for about 10 years. Every single time there has been construction going on, not once have I actually seen a person working.


The PA Turnpike will be seen by future historians as mankind's worst engineering feat.  PENNDot workers shouldn't even kill themselves out of shame for having been associated with it because we'd rather burn your bodies than spend time and money putting you in the ground.

//ok, that was harsh.
///but (Seinfeld voice) have you SEEN these roads?
 
2013-04-01 02:27:19 PM  
PA trnpike is why rote 80 is beat to hell becase the trckers can't afford the trnpike
 
2013-04-01 02:29:54 PM  

Raging Whore Moans: Wait, so the PA Turnpike follows I-76?  So, you pay for it in taxes AND at the booth?

/Californian


It's a little weird, the stretch of I-76 from the Delaware River to King of Prussia is not the Turnpike, but west of there it is. The turnpike east of King of Prussia is I-276. The "northeast extension" of the Turnpike is I-476 from Norristown to... Scranton?  But I-476 south from Norristown to I-95 is not Turnpike (that's "the blue route").
 
2013-04-01 02:31:52 PM  

coeyagi: ///but (Seinfeld voice) have you SEEN these roads?


The Turnpike (most of it) is heaven compared to the rest of PA's roads.
 
2013-04-01 02:33:07 PM  

dkimball: PA trnpike is why rote 80 is beat to hell becase the trckers can't afford the trnpike


Well, know we know yor dick has a bias for ptting kncklechildren on the "" key.
 
2013-04-01 02:34:51 PM  

GoodyearPimp: coeyagi: ///but (Seinfeld voice) have you SEEN these roads?

The Turnpike (most of it) is heaven compared to the rest of PA's roads.


Not true.  They are f*cking glorious out by Altoona.  Where they don't f*cking need roads.

//as a lifelong traveler along 322, you bet your ass I know how beat the f*ck up the rest of the roads are.
 
2013-04-01 02:43:38 PM  
As someone who realistically needs to use the TP to commute, I am looking forward to when I can change jobs just to be rid of that menace.


I local NPR affiliate (WITF) runs a pretty impressive radio show generically called "Radio Smarttalk", and interviewed the former director and one of this cronies. The first few callers directly asked why the Pa turnpike commission even exists. The best they could come up with was they do a better job than Penn Dot, so there. Oh, and sometimes they help Penn Dot. Now, more specific calls about particular projects please....


They didn't really satisfactorily answer why one relatively tiny highway needs a completely separate administration from the state with directors that make far in excess of what other highway administrators make.
 
2013-04-01 02:49:45 PM  

Sasquach: They didn't really satisfactorily answer why one relatively tiny highway needs a completely separate administration from the state with directors that make far in excess of what other highway administrators make.


Not to mention the number of employees far exceeds the workload based on comparable highway depts.
 
2013-04-01 03:03:28 PM  

coeyagi (favorite: brutal): The PA Turnpike will be seen by future historians as mankind's worst engineering feat.  PENNDot workers shouldn't even kill themselves out of shame for having been associated with it because we'd rather burn your bodies than spend time and money putting you in the ground.

//ok, that was harsh.


I wouldn't expect any less.
 
2013-04-01 03:05:31 PM  
It seems the way to make an amicable Politics tab thread is for everybody to hate the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
 
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