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There are six counties in District 5, including Carbon, Monroe, Northampton, Lehigh, Berks and Schuylkill. The district headquarters are in Allentown. Located in the eastern side of Pennsylvania, District 5 shares a border with District 4 to the north, New Jersey to the east, District is to the south, and Districts 8 and 3 to the west.
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The most populated city in the district is Allentown, with a population of 119,141 people. Allentown, part of Lehigh County, is in a region of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey called the Lehigh Valley. The city of Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth most populated city, is only 90 minutes away by car traveling south down Interstate 476. New York City is also a short drive away (about 90 miles).
In 2011, District 5 had 16,520 car accidents that resulted in 157 fatalities and 11,083 injuries. Only Districts 6 and 8 had more accidents that resulted in injuries or death. As far as trucking is concerned, there were a total of 130 fatal truck crashes between 2006 and 2010, making District 5 the second most dangerous district when it comes to truck safety.
District 5 has a fair amount of mountainous driving that can be hazardous in winter months. Most car accidents in Pennsylvania occur between October and February, so it is advised that drivers check road conditions in these months, and be prepared for winter weather driving conditions.
Roads in PennDOT District 5
The most important roads in District 5 are Interstates 78, 80, 81 and 476, along with U.S. Routes 209 and 222. In total, District 5 oversees some 11,513 linear miles. District 5 ranks third statewide in amount of daily vehicle miles driven (DVMT) at 33,461,000. The only two districts that have more miles driven per day are Districts 6 and 8.