PennDot holds open house

MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) —   PennDOT opened its doors to the public on Wednesday to show people what they do to make sure the roads are safe.

Between 600 and 800 adults and children from all over Mercer County attended Wednesday’s annual open house. Several displays were set up to inform kids.

They also were able to get a firsthand look at equipment, such as snow plows and construction trucks. They also were able to get an up close look at other emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks.

A display also was set up to honor the memory of the 84 PennDOT employees that have lost their lives in the line of duty, mostly from work zone intrusions.

“As people get more involved with their cell phones and  distractions, they have to remember our people are out there and their mothers, dads, aunts and uncles and they have kids at home and they need to watch out for our people,” said Jeffrey Dunlap, maintenance manager for PennDOT.

Drakes Well brought in their traveling museum for kids to explore. This was the 18th year for the open house.

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