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PennDOT Announces Winners of ‘Paint the Plow’ Contest in Allegheny and Beaver Counties


Pittsburgh, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is pleased to honor the Allegheny and Beaver County winner of the “Paint the Plow” safety outreach contest which promotes safe winter driving and fosters appreciation for high school art programs and student creativity.

Beaver Falls High School in Beaver County won the “Fan Favorite” award, which was determined by online voting at and the “Judges’ Pick” award for its incorporation of the “Don’t Rush in Ice and Slush” safety message and overall design.

During the winter weather season, the plow designed by Beaver Falls, along with those painted by Elizabeth Forward, Freedom Area, Hopewell, McKeesport Area, Montour, Plum and South Allegheny high school students, will be used to maintain state-owned roadways in Allegheny and Beaver Counties.

A new voting format was introduced for the 2019 “Paint the Plow” program. Members of the public picked their favorite plows through a survey linked on the PennDOT website. The plow photo that received the highest number of votes between November 11 and 11:59 p.m. on November 17 was awarded the “Fan Favorite” honor.

The “Judges’ Pick” award was determined through a judging panel comprised of PennDOT representatives. The plows were scored according to their tie to safety, theme incorporation, creativity, originality and overall appearance.

“Paint the Plow” is a joint effort between PennDOT and area high schools. Students are invited to paint a plow blade with an original design based on a provided theme. The 2019 statewide theme was “Don’t Rush in Ice and Slush.” It was chosen to draw attention to the need for motorists to give themselves ample time for travel during wintry weather in order to arrive safely to their destination.

For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Yasmeen Manyisha, 412-429-5044

Editor’s Note: A picture of the winning plow is attached to this email. Photos of all the plows are available on the PennDOT District 11’s website.

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