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The state of Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation (or PennDOT, as it is commonly referred to) has an annual budget of over $6 billion dollars. A significant portion of that money (roughly 75 percent) gets invested into the state’s 121,000 miles of state and local highways along with 55,000 of the state’s bridges. With a workforce of over 12,000 employees working at PennDOT headquarters in Harrisburg and the state’s 11 transportation districts, the department has authority over several transportation functions in 67 counties.
PennDOT District 1
District 1 is headquartered in Oil City and includes the counties of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Venango and Forest. The counties represent the northwest part of the state, and the main travel arteries are Interstates 90, 86 and 79, along with U.S. Highway 6, which runs east to west throughout the entirety of Pennsylvania.
PennDOT District 2
District 2 is comprised of McKean, Potter, Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Centre, Clearfield, Mifflin and Juniata counties. The district has headquarters in the city of Clearfield. The district is in the north central part of the state, and the most traveled roads are Interstates 80 and 99, and U.S. Highways 6, 219, 220 and 322. Although the district is one of the biggest districts in the state, the amount of linear miles of road in District 2 is the lowest of any district in the state. Concurrently, the amount of daily vehicle miles traveled (DVMT) is also quite low.
PennDOT District 3
With headquarters in Montoursville, District 3 is comprised of Tioga, Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Union, Northumberland, Montour, Columbia and Snyder counties. District 3 is in the north central part of Pennsylvania, sharing a border with New York to the north, District 4 to the east, Districts 5 and 8 to the south, and District 2 to the west. The main travel arteries running through the district are Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 6, 15 and 220. District 3 oversees over 11,500 linear miles of road, though the amount of daily vehicle miles traveled (DVMT) for the district is on the low side.
PennDOT District 4
Located in the northeast part of Pennsylvania, District 4 consists of six counties: Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming. Its headquarters are in Dunmore. The district shares a border with New York to the north, New Jersey to the east, District 5 to the south and District 3 to the west. The most traveled roads in the district run in and around the city of Scranton, which is the sixth most populated city in the state. Main travel arteries for the district include Interstates 81 and 84, along with U.S. Highway 6. District 4 is in charge of 8,963 linear miles.
PennDOT District 5
Headquartered in Allentown, District 5 is comprised of Monroe, Carbon, Northampton, Lehigh, Berks and Schuylkill counties. The district is on the east side of the state, and it shares a border with District 4 to the north, the state of New Jersey to the east, District 6 to the south, and Districts 3 and 8 to the west. The most traveled roadways in the district are Interstates 78, 80 and 476, and U.S. Highway 209. As far as highway safety is concerned, District 5 had the third most car accidents of any district in the state in 2011.
PennDOT District 6
With headquarters in King of Prussia, District 6 is comprised of Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Chester and Delaware counties. District 6 shares a border with District 5 to the north, New Jersey to the east, Maryland and Delaware to the south, and District 8 to the west. The District has many major travel arteries running through it, including Interstates 76, 95 and 476, along with U.S. Highways 30, 322 and 422. District 6 is the most dangerous transportation district in the state with 34,641 total car accidents reported in 2011.
PennDOT District 7
Very little information seems to be available as to why there is no District 7. In 1939, Division 7, as it was then known in the Pennsylvania Department of Highways, disappeared from state division maps. No one is certain why this happened, only that in the same year the "Divisions" became known as "Districts," and the area that once was Division 7 was incorporated into District 8. Since PennDOT was created in 1970, the Transportation Districts have changed. Mifflin and Juniata counties, once part of Division 7 and District 8, are today part of District 2. Perry, Dauphin, Lebanon and Lancaster counties are still part of District 8. Read more about District 7 >>
PennDOT District 8
Headquartered in Pennsylvania’s capital of Harrisburg, District 8 is comprised of Dauphin, Perry, Lebanon, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, York and Lancaster counties. District 8 is in south central Pennsylvania, with Districts 2 and 3 to the north, Districts 5 and 6 to the east, Maryland to the south, and District 9 to the west. The major roadways running through District 8 include Interstates 76 and 81, along with U.S. Highways 15, 30 and 322.
PennDOT District 9
District 9 is comprised of six counties, including Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Fulton, Bedford and Somerset. The headquarters for the district are in Holidaysburg. Located in south central Pennsylvania, District 9 shares a border with District 2 to the north, District 8 to the east, Maryland to the south, and District 12 to the west. The main travel corridors running through the district include Interstates 76 and 99, along with U.S. Highways 22, 30, 222 and 422. The district is one of the safest driving districts in the state, owing in some part to the low amount of linear miles of road to supervise (District 9 only has 8,934 linear miles).
PennDOT District 10
District 10 is made up of 5 counties: Clarion, Butler, Jefferson, Armstrong and Indiana. Headquartered in the city of Indiana, District 10 is located in west Pennsylvania. The district shares a border with District 1 to the north, Districts 2 and 9 to the east, District 12 to the south, and District 11 to the west. Major roads in District 10 include Interstate 80 and U.S. Highways 119 and 322. The district is rural and has the fewest daily vehicle miles traveled (DVMT) in the state.
PennDOT District 11
District 11 is comprised of Lawrence, Beaver and Allegheny counties, making it the smallest transportation district in Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Bridgeville, District 11 has the second least amount of miles to supervise of any PennDOT district (only District 2 has fewer linear miles). The district shares a border with District 1 to the north, District 10 to the east, District 12 to the south, and the state of Ohio to the west. The main travel arteries running through the district are Interstate 76, which runs horizontally across the entire state, and U.S. Highways 19 and 422.
PennDOT District 12
Headquartered in Uniontown, District 12 is comprised of Westmoreland, Washington, Greene and Fayette counties. Located in the southwest corner of the Pennsylvania, the district shares a border with District 11 to the north, District 9 to the east, the state of Maryland to the south, and the state of Ohio to the west. The main roads are Interstates 76 and 79, along with U.S. Highway 19. In 2011, the district had 6,974 car accidents that resulted in 99 fatalities and 4,726 injuries.