Southbound Trenton-Morrisville Toll Bridge back-ups, delays possible Friday to Monday

(Mar 01, 2017)

MORRISVILLE, PA, MARCH 1 – Southbound Route 1 motorists may encounter traffic congestion and travel delays this weekend due to construction activities at the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced today. Beginning 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, one of the E-ZPass-only lanes at the bridge’s toll plaza will be shut down. The lane is to remain closed to traffic until roughly 2 p.m. Monday, March 6. Tolls at the location are collected in the southbound direction only. The other four lanes at the toll plaza – one E-ZPass-only and three mixed-mode (cash and E-ZPass transactions) – will remain in service throughout the weekend. The toll lane closure is needed to allow for installation of new electronic toll collection equipment as part of a system-wide modernization project involving each of the Commission’s seven toll plazas along the river. All s cheduled travel restrictions are subject to change due to weather, emergency, and traffic considerations. Motorists should reduce their speeds whenever traveling through designated work zones. Read more

 

Warren introduces bill to examine flood mapping, insurance

(Feb 21, 2017)

YARDLEY, Feb. 21 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, introduced a bill this month to create the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force in Pennsylvania. The task force would study the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act’s effect on premiums for flood insurance, the latest FEMA flood maps that classify new flood zones and the federal discount program to identify areas and neighborhoods that need additional assistance to keep flood-insurance premiums affordable. “Flood zones shift and can cause someone who didn’t need flood insurance before to now need it. That can cause a significant change in a homeowner’s budget,” Warren said. “We need to examine these issues closely.” According to the National Flood Insurance Program, Pennsylvania is among the 10 highest states for flood insurance payouts between January 1978 and March 2011, ranking eighth at $773 million. Warren added that almost every legislative district is impacted by the new flood maps and the flood insurance premium increases. House Bill 530, which has been referred to the House Insurance Committee , has bipartisan support and would address the impact upon residents across Pennsylvania. It would require that the task force, comprised of nine appointed members from state government, issue a final report within six months of its creation. The task force’s recommendations would include: Potential programs that provide premium Read more

 

Warren to host district office open house, meet and greet Monday

(Feb 08, 2017)

YARDLEY, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, will host an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at his new district office, located at 91 S. Main St. Warren, who is serving his first term as state representative, said that he is looking forward to the opportunity to meet as many constituents as possible. Warren’s office is prepared to help constituents with birth and death certificates, voter registration, unclaimed property, state Transportation Department forms, Property Tax/Rent Rebate filings, Department of Human Services programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, Medical Assistance and LIHEAP, as well as unemployment compensation concerns, and with applications for handicap placards, driver’s and non-driver’s licenses and ID, and many other state-related issues. “Come visit and say hello and take care of state business,” Warren said. “There are many services offered here, and my staff and I are excited to get to know you and serve your needs.” Read more

 

Warren calls for public hearings on Elcon hazardous waste operations

(Jan 30, 2017)

YARDLEY, Jan. 30 – Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today called for public hearings on Elcon’s plans for a commercial hazardous waste and residual waste treatment and storage facility in Falls Township. Warren explained that a required legal advertisement in a local newspaper noted that the Operations and Design applications process (PHASE II) application will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection around Feb. 21. “After almost a year of silence, Elcon is now taking the next step in the application for state permits so it’s important that we make sure the residents of nearby towns who will be impacted by this project have an opportunity to make their concerns part of the record,” Warren said. “I have sent a letter to DEP requesting public hearings in Bucks County during at least three stages of the review process.” According to DEP, the PHASE II application includes more detailed design and operational information than was required in the PHASE I siting application review. The PHASE II process normally takes at least 10 months. Additional permits and reviews will be necessary with Falls Township and the Delaware River Basin Commission. In his letter to DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Warren requested several public hearings during key steps in the process. The first being at the beginning of technical review, the second at the point where Elcon responds to any official Notice of Read more

 

Warren honors Council Rock North cross country team at Capitol

(Jan 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Perry Warren hosted the Council Rock North boys cross country team at the Capitol Tuesday, in honor of the team's 2016 PIAA Class AAA championship. The team and its coaches, Dave Marrington and Rob Rogers, were honored with House citations and a presentation in the chamber of the House of Representatives in which state Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks, participated, as well. They also met with state Sens. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, and Tommy Tomlinson, R-Bucks, for lunch and photos in the Senate and Rotunda. The 2016 title is the 10th state championship for the Council Rock boys cross country program, the second for coach Marrington and the first since the high school split between CR North and CR South in 2003. Photos from the event can be downloaded here . “The community is very proud of what these student-athletes have accomplished,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Their accomplishments reflect on a job well done by their coaches, parents and educators. We are truly fortunate to have such high achievers in our neighborhoods.” Read more

 

Weekday Lane Closures on U.S. 1 in Bucks County for Overhead Bridge Rehabilitation

(Jan 26, 2017)

King of Prussia, JAN. 26 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that daytime lane restrictions are scheduled on northbound and southbound U.S. 1 at the Oxford Valley Road Interchange in Falls and Middletown townships, Bucks County, from Monday, January 30, through Friday, February 3, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for the rehabilitation of the Oxford Valley Road overpass. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction areas because slowdowns may occur. The work schedule is weather dependent. Crews began construction on November 14, 2016 to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The bridge remains open to traffic while the contractor repairs structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015. Crews will replace two steel beams and repair three steel beams. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to finish in June 2017. The three-span, steel-I beam bridge was built in 1972. It is 167 feet long and 90 feet wide. The bridge is not structurally deficient or posted with a weight limit. The structure carries 31,000 vehicles a day. The work is part of PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to replace six structurally deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties, and rehabilitate four structurally deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Under this project, the contractor also will replace deteriorated culverts Read more

 

Warren elected as a delegation vice chairman

(Jan 25, 2017)

State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced today that he has been elected a vice chairman of the Democratic Southeast Delegation in the House of Representatives. “I’m excited at the opportunities this position will provide and look forward to working with my colleagues to positively influence and promote the best interest of our communities across southeastern Pennsylvania,” Warren said. The Southeast Delegation comprises 22 Democratic members. The delegation’s website is www.PaHouse.com/Southeast . Warren represents the 31 st House District, consisting of Lower Makefield Township, most of Morrisville Borough, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township and Yardley. Read more

 

Warren appointed to five House committees

(Jan 24, 2017)

State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced today that he has been appointed to serve on five standing committees in the House of Representatives: Environmental Resources and Energy, Human Services, Insurance, Local Government and Transportation. Read more

 

Warren Welcomes Cross Country Champs

(Jan 24, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Perry Warren welcomes the Council Rock North High School Boys Cross Country team which won the 2016 PIAA Division III Championship. Read more

 

Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Leaders Announce Pennsylvania REAL ID Extension

(Jan 20, 2017)

Harrisburg, PA. Jan. 19, 2017 - Pennsylvania has been granted an extension until June 5, 2017 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fix state law to allow for federal REAL ID compliance after Governor Tom Wolf and bipartisan leaders including Senators Scarnati, Corman, and Costa, and Representatives Turzai, Reed, and Dermody, wrote to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson earlier this month. The extension will allow the Wolf administration, including the Pa. Department of Transportation (PennDOT), to work with the General Assembly to resolve Pennsylvania’s non-compliance during the current legislative session. DHS told state leaders that additional extensions may be granted, as necessary, once the commonwealth can commit to meeting all REAL ID requirements. “I thank the leaders in both chambers for making this commitment to fix state law to allow for us to come into compliance so that no Pennsylvanians, from delivery drivers to air travelers, will be inconvenienced by the current provisions barring PennDOT from completing certain requirements,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration will continue to work with the General Assembly and the federal government to come into compliance and ensure we can resolve this in an efficient and timely manner before residents face any additional challenges.” This extension means that on January 30 th of this year, Pennsylvanians will no longer face immediate access issues when entering federal Read more

 

Pa. granted extension on REAL ID compliance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, but the General Assembly must still act quickly to comply. Without action, Pennsylvanians could be denied access to federal facilities and eventually even airline travel. Specifically, Pennsylvanians will need federally approved ID for air travel beginning Jan. 22, 2018, and with the limited extension we will need a federally approved ID to access federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning June 7, 2017. Rest assured, I am following this issue very closely and am doing everything possible to ensure that we pass comprehensive changes to comply with the federal government. Please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/pennsylvania for the most up to date information on the requirements and remember that my office can help you obtain a birth certificate or driver’s license. Read more

 

U.S. 1 to Close Weeknights in Bucks County for Overhead Bridge Rehabilitation

(Jan 12, 2017)

King of Prussia, JAN. 12, 2017 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that northbound and southbound U.S. 1 will be closed overnight at the Oxford Valley Road interchange from Sunday, January 15 through Friday, January 20, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM for the rehabilitation of the Oxford Valley Road overpass. During the road closure, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the construction areas because slowdowns may occur. Crews began construction on November 14, 2016 to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The bridge remains open to traffic while the contractor repairs structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015. Crews will replace two steel beams and repair three steel beams. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to finish in June 2017. The three span, steel-I beam bridge was built in 1972. It is 167 feet long and 90 feet wide. The bridge is not structurally deficient or posted with a weight limit. The structure carries 16,000 vehicles a day. The work is part of PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to replace six structurally deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties, and rehabilitate four structurally deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Under this project, the Read more

 

PennDOT Rehabilitating State Bridges in Bucks County

(Jan 05, 2017)

King of Prussia, PA. Jan. 5 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that northbound and southbound U.S. 1 will be closed nightly at the Oxford Valley Road interchange from Sunday, January 8 through Friday, January 13, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM for the rehabilitation of the Oxford Valley Road overpass. During the road closure, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange. Crews began construction on November 14, 2016 to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The bridge remains open to traffic while the contractor repairs structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015. Crews will replace two steel beams and repair three steel beams. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to finish in June 2017. The three span, steel-I beam bridge was built in 1972. It is 167 feet long and 90 feet wide. The bridge is not structurally deficient or posted with a weight limit. The structure carries 16,000 vehicles a day. Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this bridge improvement contract that is financed with 100 percent state funds through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan. All work on the project is expected to be completed in August 2018. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com . Read more

 

Warren sworn in as state representative, announces district office

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Perry Warren today was sworn into office as representative for the 31st Legislative District during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am excited for the opportunity to serve my community and district as its state representative,” Warren said. “I look forward to representing my constituents in Harrisburg while continuing to learn more about the people who call our region home.” Warren also announced that his district constituent service office is open for business at 91 S. Main St., Yardley. His office staff also will be available for constituent services at Morrisville Borough Hall on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. “My office and staff are equipped to assist you with state-related programs and can help you resolve a variety of issues with public services,” said Warren, D-Bucks. Warren said that he is eager to start the legislative session as well, as he will be focused on creating solutions for Pennsylvania, including combating opioid addiction, increasing education funding, promoting civil rights and supporting sensible gun safety laws. “As your state representative, I will work with you both in Harrisburg and here at home,” he said. “My doors Read more

 

License Your Dog in Pa.

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more

 

Warren announces $75,000 state grant for Lower Makefield Twp. dog park

(Dec 15, 2016)

YARDLEY, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-Elect Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced a $75,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to help build a dog park in Lower Makefield Township. The project will include building the dog park and parking area, installing fencing, gates and utilities, access for those with disabilities and landscaping. “This is a great addition to the community and a wonderful infusion of grant money that will help offset its costs to local taxpayers,” Warren said. “Congratulations to Lower Makefield Township on the award. I look forward to the opening.” The grants are administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The sources of funding for the grant include the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; and the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses. Read more

 

Travel Restrictions Scheduled for Dec. 19-22 on Area Highways

(Dec 15, 2016)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that travel restrictions are scheduled on several state highways here next week for patching, base repair, crack sealing, brushing and debris removal operations. The work schedule, which is weather dependent, is: Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, periodic lane restrictions are scheduled on southbound Interstate 95 between the New Hope/Yardley Interchange and the Philadelphia city line in Lower Makefield, Middletown, Bristol and Bensalem townships, Bucks County , for patching; Wednesday December 21, and Thursday, December 22, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, periodic lane restrictions are scheduled on northbound Interstate 95 between the Philadelphia city line and the New Hope/Yardley Interchange in Bensalem, Bristol, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships, Bucks County , for patching. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through these work zones. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com . 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. For more PennDOT information, visit Read more

 

Warren announces resignation from Newtown Borough Council

(Dec 14, 2016)

In light of his election to the position of state representative for the 31st Legislative District, Newtown Borough Councilman and state Rep.-elect Perry Warren announced last night at the final Newtown Borough Council meeting of 2016 that he will resign from his position on Newtown Borough Council as of Dec. 31, 2016. Read more

 

Warren issues statement on 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

(Dec 14, 2016)

Calling it a tragedy that needs to be remembered and learned from, state Rep.-elect Perry Warren issued the following statement on the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting: “Today is the four-year anniversary of the senseless shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-eight people died that day, including 20 elementary schoolchildren, six staff members and the shooter and his mother. Read more

 

Edgewood Road railroad crossing detour lifted

(Dec 13, 2016)

Lower Makefield lifted its detour on the Edgewood Road railroad crossing earlier this week. The detour was part of the third phase of the quiet zone project. Once completed, train horns will begin refraining from sounding as per the quiet zone regulations. However, the train’s conductor still has discretion to use the horn if he/she feels danger is imminent. Earlier in the year, the Stoney Hill and Heacock roads crossing were completed. CSX, SEPTA and PennDOT will perform inspections in the coming weeks. When all three sign off on the inspections, there will be a 30-day notification period to notify parities of the quiet zone. We are hoping that everything will be in place by February. Read more