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PennDOT Kicks Off 3rd Annual ‘Paint the Plow’ Program


​With winter just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 9 is getting help from schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties in the creative outreach project to promote winter safety called “Paint the Plow.”

The project began in 2015 in Cambria County, after County Manager Jeff Mitchell saw the idea on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Facebook page and thought it would be a great outreach program to try. The program has been a great success since it began and has continually expanded not only in District 9, but across the state.

“We are always looking for ways to make the public more aware of safety, especially during the winter months, and this is a great opportunity to begin that awareness at an age where the students are just beginning to drive themselves,” said PennDOT District Executive Thomas A. Prestash. 

Schools have been asked to paint the plows with a winter safety theme, weather motif or even school mascots, but they must incorporate the theme, “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow”. Once the painting is completed, the plow blades will run in the areas of the respective school districts. 

PennDOT has sent applications of interest to high schools and career-technical school across the region. This year, two elementary schools in Huntingdon County will be participating and will be judged in their own category. Plow blades will be delivered as students began classes, and the department will pick up the painted blades no later than Oct. 6. 

Once the blades are collected they will be judged by a panel for an overall winner in each county and a “fan favorite” contest will take place for each county as well on the PennDOT Facebook page.

“We are excited to begin this expanded project this year as we have 32 schools participating that will be painting 35 plows,” Prestash said. “We hope the program will not only promote winter safety for the department, but will also showcase the creative talents of our local students.”

For more information on the program please contact Tara Callahan-Henry at or 814-696-7101.

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Editor’s Note – The following is a list by county of the schools participating in the program in PennDOT District 9:

Bedford County:

Bedford High School

Northern Bedford County High School

Tussey Mountain Sr. High School

Blair County:

Bellwood Antis High School

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

Central High School

Claysburg-Kimmel High School

Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (2 plows)

Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School

Cambria County:

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

Bishop McCort High School

Blacklick Valley Sr. High School

Cambria Heights High School

Central Cambria High School

Conemaugh Valley High School

Forest Hills High School

Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center (2 plows)

Greater Johnstown High School

Northern Cambria High School

Penn Cambria High School

Portage Area Sr. High School

Richland High School

Fulton County

Forbes Road High School

Huntingdon County:

Huntingdon High School

Juniata Valley High School

Southern Huntingdon High School

Huntingdon County Elementary

Mapleton Union Elementary

Southside Elementary

Standing Stone Elementary

Somerset County:

Shanksville-Stonycreek High School

Somerset Senior High School

Turkeyfoot Valley School District

Windber Area High School