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Driver issuesNewsTrucking

Pennsylvania to reopen some closed rest stops; bathrooms remain shut

Pennsylvania has backed off on its closure of rest stops … sort of.

The state announced Tuesday afternoon it will reopen 13 rest stops for parking. The state also will install portable toilet facilities at all of those sites. But the indoor bathroom facilities will not be reopened.

“In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we will not be opening any of the indoor facilities because there is no staff to keep them clean and properly sanitized,” Department of Transportation spokeswoman Alexis Campbell said in an email to FreightWaves.

The stops to be reopened are:

  • Luzerne on Interstate 81, both northbound and southbound
  • Cumberland on Interstate 81, northbound and southbound
  • Venango on Interstate 80, eastbound and westbound
  • Centre on Interstate 80, eastbound and westbound
  • Montour on Interstate 80, eastbound and westbound
  • Crawford on Interstate 79, northbound and southbound
  • Allegheny on Interstate 79, just northbound.

“At these locations, PennDOT will be taking down the barricades on some facilities in critical locations and making them available for truck parking,” the statement from DOT said.

Pennsylvania has 36 DOT-operated rest stops. However, only 30 were newly closed as a result of the order. The other six were undergoing different projects that already had them closed, Campbell said.

The initial order from Pennsylvania DOT did not affect private truck stops such as TA or Love’s, which remain open. Instead, it closed bare-bones facilities that had free parking spots, indoor bathrooms and vending machines. Campbell said in her email that at least one of the portable toilets at each site will be ADA compliant.

“We will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened,” Campbell’s email added.

“Every decision made has been in the interest of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and we are constantly reevaluating our response,” she wrote. “That said, we also recognize that drivers need and deserve access to rest areas.”The decision to close the rest stops just after midnight on Tuesday brought on significant criticism. The reversal came about 36 hours after the closures.

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John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.

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  1. Noble1 suggests SMART truck drivers should UNITE & collectively cut out the middlemen from picking truck driver pockets ! UNITE , CONQUER , & YOU'LL PROSPER ! IMHO says:

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    “The state announced Tuesday afternoon it will reopen 13 rest stops for parking. The state also will install portable toilet facilities at all of those sites. But the indoor bathroom facilities will not be reopened.
    “In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we will not be opening any of the indoor facilities because there is no staff to keep them clean and properly sanitized,” Department of Transportation spokeswoman Alexis Campbell said in an email to FreightWaves.”

    WOW ! So now they’ll reopen a few lots and throw in some potties ? LOL ! What an insult ! Closing them was ignorant and careless . But now just opening the parking lot and throwing in a potty is insulting. They aren’t dogs that you can simply throw a bone at to keep it happy . It’s like treating these poor truckers worse than animals while they are taking incredible risks to cater to the general population’s needs in a time of crisis .

    Rather than close down the truck stops , have truck stop labourers well educated in sanitation , and provide this ESSENTIAL need to truck drivers while rolling out the red carpet for them for taking risks for us ! If it were not for them , if they were to give us all the proverbial middle finger due to the neglectful inhumane way they are being treated , then we would definitely all be in a pickle !

    It’s a lot of “if’s’ , but what if they do ? Then what ? Then we’re all screwed !!! Then it would be the government’s puppet’s coming to our rescue , the soldiers ? I bet you they would have proper washrooms along with humane facilities , rather than just a parking lot with a potty without running water , LOL ! Gees we treat animals better than that !

    Truckers should state the same : “In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we will not be transporting any goods”

    That will get the so called leaders to take a double take and wake up !

    But then again to do that you’d have to be UNITED !

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