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50 Years of Building Communities

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was created on July 1, 1970.  For more than 50 years, we've been building communities across Pennsylvania.  

Help Us Tell PennDOT's Story

Through the years, PennDOT's dedicated employees have been the backbone of our organization. We can't tell the story of our 50 years as an agency without recognizing the people who have spent many decades serving the public. 


Read Their Stories

If you have a friend or family member who worked for the department when we began, we’d love to feature their stories, too!  Please fill in our 50th Anniversary Submission Form (open it in Chrome), and we'll do the rest. If you have questions, email us at DOTcomm@pa.gov.

Exploring Our History

At PennDOT, we're continuously looking for innovative solutions to improve transportation for the future, but we still realize the importance of our history.  At times, the examples of our predecessors can inform solutions to modern challenges.

See our timeline of events below for more information on major transportation milestones in Pennsylvania's history.

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Early 1900's

1930's

​1950's

​1960's


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​1970's

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​1980's

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1990's


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2000's


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2010's

2020's


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