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PennDOT Summer Jobs for College Students

Positions available in Northampton & Lehigh Counties

As in years past, PennDOT is sponsoring an extensive SUMMER MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (SMP) for college students. The program runs from May through August to supplement the permanent workforce.

The students are utilized primarily for summer maintenance and sign upgrade services. They perform laboring duties in maintenance organizations and at worksites along the highway.

Requirements include being at least 18 years of age, a full-time college enrollment in any major and the student must be enrolled for Fall 2020 classes.  A PA driver’s license is also required. The hourly rate is $13.97.

All applicants must apply online at the above internet address AND notify Kurt Derr of Senator Boscola’s Office by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020 with name, address and if the applicant has been a PennDOT summer intern previously.

Contact: Kurt Derr at 610.868.8667 or

Final Selections to be made by PennDOT.

Public Comment Period for PennDOT’s Draft Statewide Public Participation Plan Now Open

Public Participation Plan
Click to view PDF document.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced this week that it will hold a 45-day public comment period on proposed updates to its Statewide Public Participation Plan, which began Monday, January 27 and conclude on Wednesday, March 11.

The plan outlines the public participation methods used when developing the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, the Twelve Year Program, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and the Statewide Public Participation Plan, and explains how the public can get involved in its statewide transportation planning and programming processes.

The Statewide Public Participation Plan is PennDOT’s documented public involvement process outlining opportunities for public participation in statewide transportation planning and programming. This plan is required as part of the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR 450.210).

PennDOT encourages the public to review the draft plan in its entirety, and to provide comments. The draft document and the electronic comment form will be available at. Paper copies of the draft document and comment form will also be available at PennDOT District offices, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organization offices, and at stakeholder locations throughout the state. A list of the viewing locations is available at the website noted above.

Anyone who requires special assistance to participate, or has questions pertaining to the Public Comment Period or the Draft Updated Plan should contact the PennDOT Bureau of Equal Opportunity at (800) 468-4201 or online at

All comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and evaluated by PennDOT. Changes to the draft plan will be determined as part of the evaluation process. All comments and questions received during the comment period will become a part of the update process documentation.

Getting REAL about Real ID in Pennsylvania

Real IDOctober 1, 2020. It’s coming and there will be no exceptions for required identification for boarding a commercial aircraft (or enter a federal building) – a valid passport or Real ID driver’s license. The Real ID driver’s license has a star in the upper right-hand corner of the license. If you have the new formatted driver’s license and it does NOT have the star you cannot use it for your identification to board a domestic commercial flight (or enter a federal building) after September 30, 2020. International flights will always require a passport.

Do I have to get a REAL ID?

No. REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. You will be able to get either a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, or a standard driver’s license or identification card.

If you do not get a REAL ID, you must have an alternate form of federally-acceptable identification (valid passport, military ID, etc.) to board domestic commercial flights and enter certain federal facilities after October 1, 2020.

Applicable Uses

Standard ID or Driver's License

REAL ID ID or Driver's License

Driving (DL only) ✔️ ✔️
General Identification Purposes ✔️ ✔️
Boarding a Domestic (U.S.) Flight after October 1, 2020 ✖️ ✔️
Entering a Federal Facility (that requires ID) or Military Base ✖️ ✔️

You do NOT need a REAL ID to:

  • Drive.
  • Vote.
  • Access hospitals.
  • Visit the post office.
  • Access federal courts.
  • Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as social security or veterans' benefits.

If you're not sure whether a REAL ID is right for you, PennDOT’s REAL ID online wizard may be able to help.

Child Passenger Safety

Car SeatWe get a lot of inquiries from people that are a little uncertain of the exact child seat law, especially when it comes to older children.  PennDOT cares about protecting our children and encourages all adults to take the responsibility of keeping them safe when riding in a vehicle. It is our job to make sure they buckle up — from the time when children are too young to do it themselves to the time they climb behind the wheel for the first time.

The Numbers

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children.

  • 33 seconds: How often one child under the age of 13 was involved in a crash in 2016.
  • 2: The number of children under 13 who were killed every day in 2016 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans.
  • 328: The number of children younger than 5 saved by using occupant restraints in 2016.
  • 42: The number of additional lives that could’ve been saved if car seat use was at 100%.
  • 82%: The percentage of children under age 4 in Pennsylvania who sustained no injury during a crash where they were restrained in a car seat.

The Law in Pennsylvania

Child passenger safety laws vary from state to state, so it’s important you are familiar with the laws here in Pennsylvania.

  • Birth-2 Years: Must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Birth-4 Years: Must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle.
  • 4-8 Years: Must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat.
  • 8 Years and Older: Must be in a seat belt. 
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

DID YOU KNOW… Most crashes at intersections involve LEFT turns?? However proceeding improperly from ANY direction can lead to a collision – review the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual here or download the PA Driver’s Practice Test app from your device’s app store!

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Offices of State Senator Lisa M. Boscola

One East Broad Street
Suite 120
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 868-8667
Fax: (610) 861-2184
Toll-free: 1-877-535-1818
1701 Washington Blvd.
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 250-5627
(610) 250-5629
Fax: (610) 250-1889
458 Main Capitol Building
Senate Box 203018
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3018
(717) 787-4236
Fax: (717) 783-1257
Senate of PA:
1-800-364-158 (TTY)