Since the beginning of 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has been working to modernize the way it does business. Now, the public can see what projects have been completed and what projects are still to come, all from the PennDOT website.
Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch publicly announced the new site on Tuesday. "PennDOT has a lon-standing tradition of continuous improvement. Now, the public can more easily track our efforts to enhance customer service, save money, and deliver projects more quickly," Schoch said.
Many of these modernization projects have already been completed. One project involved having PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike share services, materials, and equipment. Already, that cooperation has saved PennDOT and the Turnpike more than $12 million combined.
PennDOT spokesperon Dennis Buterbaugh said the changes make PennDOT more transparent with the public. He also said even though the modernization efforts will cut costs and make work more efficient, it will not result in any employee being laid off.
"That's not even an issue," Buterbaugh said. "Basically, what a lot of this will do is free employees up to do other work."
The information can be found at the PennDOT website under the heading "Modern PennDOT."