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Session No. 7B

Session Title:  PennDOT / PA Turnpike Projects & Policies Update

Session Description: This session has a little bit of everything! Part presentation, part roundtable, part game show!  Come to listen and participate as PennDOT and the PA Turnpike discuss their current and future work, new policies and technologies, as well battle head-to-head on overall transportation and random topics.

Moderator Name: Dan Corey, AECOM

Team PennDOT

Doug Tomlinson, Chief, Traffic Operations and Emerging Technology, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation           

Mark Kopko, Manager, Emerging Technology, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation           

Dan Farley, Chief, Arterial Management and Temporary Traffic Control, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation    

Lou Belmonte, Assistant District Executive for Operations, District 6, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation           

Team PA Turnpike      

Tim Scanlon, P.E., Director of Traffic Engineering and Operations, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission        

Mike Pack, Manager of Incident Management and Traffic Operations, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission                  

Tom Macchione, Manager of Traffic Engineering, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Justina Wentling, P.E., Project Manager of Traffic Engineering, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Don Steele, Special Projects Engineering Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission       

Speaker Bios

Doug Tomlinson began working for PennDOT in 1994 and his career has focused on a range of traffic engineering and traffic operations aspects.  He was a 2008 Graduate of the Operations Academy and was named ITS PA person of the year in 2013.  He is currently the Chief of Traffic Operations and Emerging Technology.  

Mark Kopko manages PennDOT’s Advanced Vehicle Technology program. Kopko is currently in charge of all day-to-day operations related to connected and automated vehicles including the deployment of Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and the development of the Statewide Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Plan. Kopko is PennDOT’s representative on numerous groups/committees the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund, CAT Coalition, AASHTO’s Connected/Automated Vehicle Working Group, and Smart Belt Coalition. Kopko is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Dan Farley is the Chief of the Arterial Management and Temporary Traffic Control Section which encompasses Traffic Signals, Work Zones, and assists with Connected and Automated Vehicle efforts. He also administers the Green Light-Go and Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) Funding Programs. Farley has been with PennDOT for 14 years, spending the 1st 4 years in PennDOT District 4 (Dunmore) before moving to Central Office. Farley received the 2017 ITS Person of the Year award and was also a previous graduate of the I-95 Corridor Coalitions Operations Academy.

Louis Belmonte, P.E. serves as the Assistant District Executive for Operations for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Engineering District 6, which covers the five-county Philadelphia region. He oversees the Traffic Engineering and Safety Division, Traffic Operations Division, and Transportation Services Division. Belmonte is a Civil Engineering graduate of Villanova University, and holds a Professional Engineering license from the state of Pennsylvania.

Tim Scanlon has been employed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the last 30 years. In his position of Director of Traffic Engineering and Operations, Scanlon is responsible for signing, roadway safety, traffic control, traffic and revenue studies, Intelligent Transportation Systems, traffic operations and the turnpike’s Traffic Operations Center. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in 1987 from Penn State.

Mike Pack has over 20 years of experience in ITS and Traffic Operations. Pack worked for PennDOT for over 17 years, working in District 5, Central Office, and District 6. He has been with the PA Turnpike Commission for more than three years, currently serving as the Manager of Incident Management and Traffic Operations.

Tom Macchione received his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. He is currently the chair of the Turnpike Commission’s Work Zone Safety Subcommittee. He is a member on the Temporary Traffic Control Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD). Macchione was instrumental in helping implement the recessed durable pavement marking program at the Turnpike Commission. Macchione was also heavily involved in the implementation of the 70 MPH speed limit and the continued speed and safety evaluation on the Turnpike.

Justina Wentling has been with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission since 2011 and currently works as a Senior Engineer Project Manager in the Traffic Unit. She is an active member of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA). Wentling currently manages the durable pavement marking program as well as various sign replacement contracts in both design and construction. She is also responsible for the management of the maintenance and protection of traffic standard drawings as well as all traffic related specifications at the Turnpike. Wentling graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.

Don Steele graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1993. He worked for McTish, Kunkel & Associates for seven years. Steele was the Traffic Engineer for the City of Allentown for five years. He has been with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for more than 13 years and has been leading the Commission’s efforts on Cashless Tolling for a little more than a year.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Room 206

  • Full Presentation Slides (PDF)

PennDOT / PA Turnpike Projects & Policies Update



The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

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