District 12 is comprised of Westmoreland, Washington, Greene and Fayette counties. The district has headquarters in Uniontown, Fayette County. Located in southwest Pennsylvania, the district shares a northern border with District 11, District 9 to the east, Maryland to the south, and Ohio to the west.
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Seven Springs Mountain Resort, which is split between Fayette County and Somerset County, is a popular year-round tourist destination for people living in the Pittsburgh area. Many people come to the resort town to play golf in the spring and summer, or ski in the winter. The town is at an elevation of over 3,000 feet above sea level, one of the highest elevations in the state. The access point for most travelers is Interstate 76, which runs horizontally throughout the entire southern part of Pennsylvania.
In 2011, District 12 had 6,974 car accidents that resulted in 99 fatalities and 4,726 injuries. The district represents the median for car accidents among Pennsylvania transportation districts. As for trucking, District 12 had 72 fatal truck crashes between 2006 and 2010, which is close to the median for truck crashes in PennDOT districts.
Due to elevation in parts of District 12, heavy snowfall can occur in winter months. The district is also no stranger to heavy rainfall during the year, much like the rest of the state.
Road in PennDOT District 12
The most used roads in District 12 include Interstates 70, 76 and 79, along with U.S. Routes 19, 22, 30, 40 and 119.
U.S. Route 19 runs adjacent to Interstate 79 throughout western Pennsylvania. U.S. 19 runs from Lake Erie in the north, entering Pennsylvania in District 1. The Route then continues south into District 10 before reaching District 12 in Washington County. U.S. 19 then continues south through Greene County before reaching West Virginia.
U.S. Route 22 passes through over half of the PennDOT districts. US. 22 enters Pennsylvania in Washington County in District 12, briefly entering District 11 only to return to District 12 in Westmoreland County. The Route then heads east into Districts 9, 2, 8 and 5 before entering New Jersey.
U.S. Route 30 enters Pennsylvania in District 11, briefly going through Pittsburgh and progressing east into District 12. The Route then enters District 9 and continues to head east through Districts 8 and 6 before crossing into New Jersey.
U.S. Route 40 connects the northern parts of West Virginia and Maryland to the Pennsylvania cities Uniontown and Washington. The route enters Pennsylvania in Washington County (District 12) and leaves the state in Somerset County (District 9).
U.S. Route 119 begins to the north in District 2, running southwest into District 10 and continuing into District 12 where it leaves the state in Fayette County.