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Online Voting Open for Paint the Plow Program in Mercer County; Public Invited to Pick Their Favorite Plow through Social Media Campaign

10/03/2017

Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) northwest region invites the public to vote on five plows decorated by Mercer County high school students as part of the “Paint the Plow” program.
 
“Paint the Plow” is a statewide outreach aimed at promoting winter driving safety and fostering appreciation for high school art programs.
 
Earlier this year, PennDOT invited Mercer County high school students to paint plow blades based on the regional theme “511pa.com – Know Before You Go.” The theme was chosen to draw attention to PennDOT’s website www.511pa.com, which features information on roadway conditions, travel speeds, and plow truck routes.
 
Teens from Mercer Area, Sharpsville, Greenville Area, Hickory, and Commodore Perry high schools participated.
 
“The students did a great job decorating the plows. We were very impressed,” said Mercer County Maintenance Manager Darrell Chapman. “We hope the process helped them gain a better understanding of the importance of sharing the road safely with larger vehicles, especially plow trucks during the winter months.“
 
Members of the public can vote for their favorite plow through the PennDOT Facebook page.  Pictures of each plow are posted online in the Mercer County photo album.
 
The plow photo that receives the most “Reactions” between October 3, 2017 and October 10, 2017 will be deemed the “Fan Favorite.” Each “Reaction,” regardless of whether it is a like, love, haha, wow, sad, angry, will count as one vote.
 
The plows were unveiled last month at PennDOT’s annual Mercer County Open House and have been on display at the facility. During the winter weather season, the blades will be used to maintain area roadways. Along with the “Fan Favorite” award, the blades are also eligible for the “Judges’ Pick” and “People’s Choice” honors. Those awards were determined during the open house event.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035