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Pennsylvania Details State Highway Plans, Resource Requests for Papal Visit

first_img Infrastructure,  Papal Visit,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania outlined its plans to help manage needs for public safety, public health and transportation during the Philadelphia Papal visit.“Pennsylvania is committed to supporting event planning partners to prepare and help ensure a safe, secure Papal visit for residents of Philadelphia and surrounding areas in addition to all of the visitors from around the world,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Due to the size and scope of the event and the large crowds expected, Philadelphia and event organizers requested assistance from the commonwealth. We are ready to assist event organizers and planners to keep people safe and make this historic Papal visit to Philadelphia a success.”Planning for the event is being led by the United States Secret Service, along with the City of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families. As requested, Pennsylvania is providing resources, including personnel and equipment, to assist with public safety, security, public health, transportation and emergency management.Due to street closures in the City of Philadelphia and the needs of law enforcement and emergency agencies, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close the following roads beginning on Friday, September 25th at 10 p.m.:·         I-76 eastbound from I-476 to I-95 and I-76 westbound from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 (Roosevelt Extension);·         I-676 in both directions from I-76 to I-95; and·         U.S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont Avenue.Please click here for a map: State roads during Papal visitThese are the only roads under PennDOT’s jurisdiction that are expected to be closed. PennDOT is not anticipated to be responsible for any other closures.Contrary to previous reports, I-95 will remain open to traffic with only selected ramps closed due to street closures within the city and security needs.It is necessary to close portions of these roads to effectively move emergency vehicles to, through and from the event area, and because thousands of buses will be travelling to and from the event as well as to maintain public safety. Traffic will be routed to surrounding highways and PennDOT will remind drivers of these traffic changes from now through the Papal visit. In addition, PennDOT will coordinate with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and police and emergency medical services agencies to have health and safety action teams stationed on open highways where traffic will increase to assist motorists.In order to assist local and federal law enforcement with public safety and crowd management efforts, the Pennsylvania State Police will provide approximately 1,100 requested personnel to the City of Philadelphia for the Papal visit.  The Secret Service has further requested Pennsylvania National Guard members to assist with traffic management within the City of Philadelphia. The commonwealth anticipates fulfilling additional National Guard requests from surrounding counties.“The Pennsylvania State Police will provide vital staffing assistance to the Secret Service and Philadelphia Police,” Governor Wolf said. “The men and women of the Pennsylvania National Guard – who are our friends, family members and neighbors – will primarily assist with traffic management. They will support law enforcement to keep visitors and residents safe and will play an important supportive role in making sure people can get to, through and from the event.”The Department of Health will provide requested Emergency Medical Services teams, ambulances and other transports, and other equipment and supplies necessary to provide adequate public health coverage for the anticipated crowds. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Human Services will be on-site during the Papal visit to provide resources and coordination in the event of an emergency.# # #FAQTransportationWhy are state roads being closed?As a result of requests from local governments and law enforcement, road closures within the City of Philadelphia and needs of law enforcement and first responders to maintain public safety, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close various sections of state highways during the Papal Visit to Philadelphia. The highway restrictions will also best serve the travel demands in the region for moving event buses and emergency vehicles throughout the weekend.What roads will be closed?The amount of road closures within Philadelphia, the anticipated large crowds, and the necessity for law enforcement and first responders to be able to travel within the city would make it near impossible for regular interstate travel to occur on many highways.Only these roads will be closed beginning on Friday, September 25th at 10 p.m.:·         I-76 eastbound from I-476 to I-95 and I-76 westbound from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 (Roosevelt Extension);·         I-676 in both directions from I-76 to I-95; and·         U.S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont Avenue.Will I-95 be closed?Contrary to previous reports, I-95 will remain open to traffic with only selected ramps closed due to street closures within the city and other security needs.What other roads will be closed?These are the only roads under PennDOT’s jurisdiction that are expected to be closed. Other closures in the City of Philadelphia will be closed by the city streets department, law enforcement or event organizers.How will you help drivers on other highways?PennDOT and Pennsylvania State Police will work with PEMA and local EMS providers to ensure additional access to health and safety resources for travelers.Who will manage traffic during the Papal visit?PennDOT is working closely with State Police, Philadelphia Police, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, County Emergency Operation Centers, and other regional and out-of-state transportation agencies to coordinate the traffic management plan during the Papal weekend. The Federal Highway Administration has reviewed and approved PennDOT’s traffic management plan.How will PennDOT let drivers know about highway closures?PennDOT is working with its neighboring mid-Atlantic transportation agencies to deploy a cohesive, long-distance travel advisory and diversion plan utilizing electronic Highway Message Signs to inform Philadelphia-bound travelers of locations of road closures; to provide information on alternatives for “through traffic” desiring to avoid the Philadelphia area; and information for those attending the Papal event.Through this coordination, PennDOT and neighboring states will maximize the use of all available electronic Highway Message Signs from Baltimore to Scranton and throughout New Jersey to provide citizens with real time traffic information during the heaviest travel times, expected from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Sept. 28.Why does PennDOT need to work with other states?The aim of this interstate coordination is to disseminate travel information to encourage “non-Papal event” traffic to use alternate routes outside the metro Philadelphia area and divert as much “through” traffic as possible from the Philadelphia region.Will there be any other restrictions?Further restrictions will be in place for moving oversized and super loads through Pennsylvania during the week of the WMOF. Public HealthHow is the state helping event organizers with public health?Due to the size and diversity of the population of expected visitors for the World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is working with Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services to ensure there is adequate infrastructure on site for public health needs. Event organizers and the City of Philadelphia have requested public health support from the commonwealth.Who is coordinating public health resources?The Department of Health, in conjunction with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, will coordinate the resource requests by working with providers across the state and surrounding states.What resources is the state supplying to assist with public health needs?These resources include EMS teams, ambulances and utility vehicles, portable medical and health structures, cooling centers and other public health resources. Further, the Department of Health will work with the City of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families to educate visitors on how to prepare and keep themselves healthy during the event. August 05, 2015 Public Safety and SecurityWhy is the state sending public safety personnel to Philadelphia?The scale and size of the Papal visit and anticipated crowds will require the Secret Service, City of Philadelphia and surrounding areas to increase the number of public safety personnel and resources on hand. As a result, various entities, including the Secret Service and Philadelphia, have requested assistance, resources and personnel from commonwealth agencies.What role will the Pennsylvania State Police play?At the request of the event hosts, the Pennsylvania State Police is preparing to send nearly 1,100 troopers from throughout the commonwealth, to Philadelphia to assist the Philadelphia Police and the Secret Service. Additional troopers will be added to roadways expected to have increased traffic during the visit. Working with PennDOT and PEMA, these troopers will have the primary purpose of assisting motorists and managing traffic.Why is the Pennsylvania National Guard involved?Pennsylvania National Guard members will assist the Secret Service and law enforcement with helping crowds move through the event area and keep routes open for emergency vehicles and law enforcement. The National Guard is members of our community who often are called to help during large-scale events.What will National Guard members do at the event?Their primary goal will be to keep visitors and residents safe, as well as to manage road closures and direct traffic towards detours. The number of National Guard members in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding areas is still being determined.center_img Pennsylvania Details State Highway Plans, Resource Requests for Papal Visit SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo still waiting for his opportunity

first_imgPreviousA logjam in the outfield made Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo one of their most attractive trade chips in possible deals this offseason, but he remains with the organization. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo plays in a Cactus League game last week in Glendale, Ariz. Verdugo is an all-around talent who has little left to prove in the minor leagues, but he’s still waiting for a larger role with the major-league club. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #61 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAlex Verdugo of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a spring training MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #61 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a spring training MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo #61 during photo day at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #61 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #61 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Alex Verdugo #61 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo remains one of the organization’s top prospects, but he’s still waiting for an opportunity for more playing time at the major-league level. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo bats during a baseball game against San Diego Padres, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)The Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo looks on as the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 in 12 innings during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Los Angeles (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodger’ Alex Verdugo (61) scores on a sacrifice by Yasmani Grandal during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Phoenix as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy waits for the throw. (AP Photo/Matt York)A logjam in the outfield made Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo one of their most attractive trade chips in possible deals this offseason, but he remains with the organization. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo plays in a Cactus League game last week in Glendale, Ariz. Verdugo is an all-around talent who has little left to prove in the minor leagues, but he’s still waiting for a larger role with the major-league club. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 14Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo plays in a Cactus League game last week in Glendale, Ariz. Verdugo is an all-around talent who has little left to prove in the minor leagues, but he’s still waiting for a larger role with the major-league club. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — There are a number of things you’re looking for in a young prospect. Longevity is not one of them.Outfielder Alex Verdugo enters the 2019 season in Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects in baseball for the fourth consecutive year, having risen to No. 35 on this year’s preseason rankings.Corey Seager used to be on that list. Cody Bellinger used to be on that list. So did Walker Buehler. They all passed through quickly on their way to prominent roles in the major leagues.The road has yet to open for Verdugo the way it did for Seager, Bellinger or Buehler. “I’ll let you guys pencil in whatever you want. I have the utmost confidence in my talent out here,” Verdugo said. “All the outfielders in past few years, whatever it is – I could have been a starter the whole time. So I don’t really pay attention to that stuff. It’ll work itself out.“I think if I get a chance to play, start and really show off my tools people will be impressed and they’ll see I’ve got game.”KERSHAW PROGRESSLeft-hander Clayton Kershaw played catch again during Friday’s workout. It was Kershaw’s second consecutive day of throwing after being shut down for most of a week with shoulder discomfort.“He said he let it go about 80 percent and felt good. Felt strong and felt good,” Roberts said. “So tomorrow we’re going to stretch him out some more as far as length and intensity.“In talking to him today, we’re pretty encouraged.”ALSOShortstop Corey Seager made a significant step forward in his recovery from hip and elbow surgeries, playing in a minor-league camp game Friday morning. It was Seager’s first game action since last May. He had four at-bats and ran the bases but is not cleared to play defense yet. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img They weren’t – feedback that might explain why the Dodgers haven’t cleared a path for Verdugo the way they eventually did for Seager, Bellinger and Buehler.So the 22-year-old finds himself looking for space in a crowded outfield picture. Again.“It’s a little bit like Strip,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, referring to pitcher Ross Stripling, another annual victim of the team’s roster crunch. “When we start the year, assuming everyone is healthy, he may be in the bullpen. But when we look up at the end of the year, we expect Strip will have made a lot of starts.“We expect Alex to log a lot of plate appearances this year. Because of our versatility, there are so many different things that can happen for him too. He’s earned the right to be on our major-league team and help us win games. We feel he has a very high floor as a player. He’s got a very advanced approach at the plate, tremendous bat-to-ball skills which complement our lineup. He’s very good defensively and checks a lot of boxes for what we look for in a player.”But not all of the boxes. Roberts acknowledges that “there’s definitely needed growth in routine, the preparation part of it, the consistency part of it.” For Verdugo, though, he’s had it with waiting.“I’ve always been ready. So I can’t say I’m more ready,” he says. “I hit .330 for two years. I mean – at a certain point, numbers don’t lie. I’ve hit in the minor leagues. I think I’m a career over .300 hitter. Everybody wants to talk about ‘It’s the minors. It’s not the big leagues.’ I hit over .300 against lefties in my career. I hit righties and lefties very well in my career. I’m very confident against both. I think I can go up there and perform at the highest level and succeed against both righties and lefties.“For me, it’s just about getting that opportunity.”It’s difficult to envision that opportunity coming any time soon with the way the Dodgers’ roster is currently structured. The Dodgers have said they expect Bellinger to be their primary right fielder and A.J. Pollock the every-day center fielder. In left field, Joc Pederson was a very productive left-handed piece of a platoon last year. Chris Taylor and Kiké Herandez will soak up some outfield playing time.If that group stays healthy, there seems to be little room for the left-handed Verdugo to have a breakthrough.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Extremely. As an athlete and a competitor, it’s extremely frustrating,” Verdugo said. “To see people that you play with, your peers and to see them go up – obviously you want to see them do their best and win and get the ‘W.’“That’s what you want to see. But it’s extremely frustrating when you’re not part of it. To not go on the travel squads (during the postseason), not do any of that, it’s extremely frustrating. As an athlete, to me, I hold myself up to a very high standard and I expect nothing but greatness from me, really. Failing is not an option.”Far from failing, Verdugo has passed every test he can pass in the minor leagues. He is a .321 hitter with an .842 OPS in 208 games at Triple-A over the past two seasons. Seager played 105 games at Triple-A, Bellinger only 21.“There is nothing else he has to prove at the minor-league level, absolutely,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “No one’s going to argue that. But there’s a lot of guys here that have performed at this level too. It’s one of those things where you just have to encourage Alex to control what he can control.”Verdugo couldn’t control the trade rumors this winter. His name popped up frequently and it’s likely he would be a Miami Marlin or a Cleveland Indian this spring had either of those teams been enamored enough with his skill set to accept a trade package built around Verdugo in exchange for then-Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto or Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.last_img read more