Tractor trek for veterans gets approval from PennDOT

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 11, 2014 1:56 PM

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(East Earl) -- Thanks to a 30 year old court decision, a trip designed to raise up to a million dollars for veterans can go through Pennsylvania.

C. Ivan Stoltzfus of Chester County secured the special exemption from PennDOT for his 1940's era tractor and attached Winnebago.

He's starting the trip in New Jersey and plans to finish on the West Coast about three months after his start date next week.

After battling for months to get approval for the Pennsylvania leg, Stoltzfus says he feels relieved.

"Excitement, very excited, and relieved. In the last couple weeks, I was putting on so much, just so much energy, so it was a lot of excitement."

State Representative Republican Gordon Denlinger of Lancaster County helped secure the permission needed for the trip.

The State Police will escort Stoltzfus and his tractor through the state but it's not clear how much it'll will cost taxpayers.

"That became a sharing situation between PennDOT and Pennsylvania State Police. We do understand that PennDOT will bear most of the cost of the police escort across the state," says Representative Denlinger.

Stoltzfus plans to hold benefit auctions along the route, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

He does acknowledge that this is just the start, and more issues will come up.

"I don't see any at this point, but I'm sure we'll have some along the way. We'll just cross them when we get there. At this point, I really don't see anything."

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