Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is pleased to honor the Mercer County regional winners of the “Paint the Plow” safety outreach contest which promotes winter driving safety and fosters appreciation for high school art programs.
Mercer Area High School won both the “Fan Favorite” award, which was determined by online voting, and the “People’s Choice” honor, which was decided through charitable donations gathered at the annual Mercer County Open House last month. Mercer Area High School students painted a rendition of “Starry Night” onto the provided plow blade.
Winner of the “Judges’ Pick” award was Greenville Area High School, who did a plow design inspired by their school mascot – a Trojan warrior.
During the winter weather season, the blades, as well as those painted by Sharpsville, Hickory and Commodore Perry high school students, will be used to maintain Mercer County state-owned roadways.
Members of the public can view photos the painted plow blades online at the PennDOT Facebook page (@PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation). Pictures of each plow are posted in the Mercer County photo album.
“Paint the Plow” is a joint effort of PennDOT and area high school art programs. Students are invited to paint a plow blade with an original design based on a regional theme. The theme for the Mercer County program was “511pa.com – Know Before You Go.” It was chosen to draw attention to PennDOT’s website www.511pa.com
, which features information on roadway conditions, travel speeds, and plow truck routes.
For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit www.penndot.gov/winter
MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035
Editor’s Note: Pictures of the winning plows are attached to this email. Photos of all the plows are available on the PennDOT Facebook page and website.