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Litter Pickup Begins Next Week on Major Highways in Cumberland County

Travelers passing through Cumberland County should be aware that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin picking up litter along major highways in the area next week. Weather permitting, crews will clean up litter at various locations on Interstates 81 and 83, Route 581, and Route 15 corridors from Monday, March 20, for about two weeks.

Litter will be removed on weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM. There will be no impact on traffic, but drivers should watch for PennDOT workers and vehicles operating near the roadway.

For updated information on road conditions, motorists can visit, which provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. The 511PA smartphone application is also available for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts on the 511PA website.

To subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties, visit PennDOT District 8. More information about infrastructure in District 8, including completed work and significant projects, is available at District 8 Results, and planned and active construction projects are listed at PennDOT Projects.


Gladys P Myers Ehrhart 1938-2024

When her children were born, Gladys became a stay at home Mom and babysitter for neighboring children. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening.

Shirley M. McGowan 1956-2024

Shirley retired from Paige Electric in McConnellsburg, PA and enjoyed spending time with family and especially her grandchildren. 

Donna Marie Shetter 1946-2024

Donna worked for one year at York Hospital and then became a medical transcriptionist in the Radiology Department of the Chambersburg Hospital.

Donald L. Helfrick 1938-2024

Donald lived out his faith with integrity and loved well. He was a genuine example of what it meant to be a godly husband and father.

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