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Pa. rep says PennDOT hindering wounded vets benefit

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Denlinger speaks with Ivan Stoltzfus about his troubles with getting approval from PennDOT for his cross-country tractor drive to benefit wounded war veterans.  (Submitted photo) Denlinger speaks with Ivan Stoltzfus about his troubles with getting approval from PennDOT for his cross-country tractor drive to benefit wounded war veterans. (Submitted photo)
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lancaster County man planning a cross-country trip for wounded war veterans may not be allowed on the roads of his home state.

Ivan Stoltzfus, a retired farmer and auctioneer from Honey Brook, wants to drive his restored 1948 John Deere tractor from New Jersey to California to raise $1 million for the Wounded Warriors Project.

The tractor, retrofitted with a 1984 Peterbilt cab, has all the necessary equipment required by the federal Department of Transportation for use on U.S. highways, but it may have to bypass Pennsylvania.

State Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster), who's been advocating on Stoltzufs's behalf, said the retired farmer has been seeking appropriate permits and legal permissions from PennDOT and waiting for answers for the past nine months.

Now, one month before the start of his journey, Stoltzfus has been told that he will need written permission from every municipality he plans to pass through, according to Denlinger.

Stoltzfus must also configure a traffic control plan, to be approved by PennDOT and all involved police departments, and he has to obtain escorts throughout Pennsylvania or he will not be allowed to proceed, Denlinger said.

Denlinger is calling on Gov. Tom Corbett to use his executive power to direct PennDOT to work with Stoltzfus so that he is able to drive through Pennsylvania.

He pointed out that Stoltzfus has been given assurances that New Jersey will roll out the red carpet for him, with a kick-off from Gov. Chris Christie and a state police escort across the entire state.

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