Headquartered in Holidaysburg, District 9 is comprised of Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Fulton, Somerset and Bedford counties. District 9 is largely rural, located in the south central part of the state. It shares a border to the north with District 2, District 8 to the east, Maryland to the south, and District 12 to the west.
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One of the major attractions in the area is Prince Gallitzin State Park, which services outdoor enthusiasts all year round. Glendale Lake in the park offers great fishing, swimming and boating activities in the spring and summer, and the park also plays host to cross-country skiers and snowmobilers in the winter months. The park is less than 10 miles away from Altoona, which is the tenth largest city in the state.
District 9 has a relatively low amount of road miles to maintain and supervise. The district is also largely rural, so there are not a lot of daily miles traveled (only 12,938,000, which is one of the lowest amounts in the state).
In 2011, there were a total of 5,000 car accidents in the district, which resulted in 70 deaths and 3,155 injuries. Only one other district in Pennsylvania (District 10) had less fatal car crashes. As far as trucking safety is concerned, between 2006 and 2010, District 9 saw a total of 36 fatal truck accidents, the lowest amount of any district during that time period. These statistics make District 9 one of the safest, if not the safest transportation district in Pennsylvania.
Roads in PennDOT District 9
The most widely used roads in District 9 include U.S. Routes 22, 30, 219, 220, 422 and 522, as well as Interstates 70, 76 and 99, along with. U.S. Routes 22 and 30 are the two most widely driven U.S. Routes in the state of Pennsylvania.
U.S. Route 30 connects Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, the largest and second-largest cities in the state. U.S. 30 enters Pennsylvania in District 11, briefly going through Pittsburgh and progressing east through District 12 before entering District 9 via Somerset County. U.S. 30 then heads into PennDOT District 8 and continues east through District 6 before crossing the state line into New Jersey.
U.S. Route 219 runs north–south starting at the New York state line, running south through McKean, Elk and Clearfield counties in District 2 before entering District 9 in Cambria County. U.S. 219 then continues south through Somerset County and finally into Maryland.
U.S. Route 220 begins in Waverly, New York and heads south into Pennsylvania through District 3 and District 2 before entering District 9. The route continues south, leaving the state at the Bedford County line and continuing into Maryland.
U.S. Route 522 begins in the city of Selinsgrove in District 3. U.S. 522 then heads southwest into District 2 before entering District 9. The Route leaves Pennsylvania at the Fulton County line, then continues into Maryland.