Online voting is now open in Mercer County for a contest in which high school students decorated snowplows from PennDOT. 

The contest is part of the "Paint the Plow" program.

The program is a statewide event used to promote winter driving safety as well as an appreciation for student creativity and high school art programs. 

PennDOT invited students to paint plow blades earlier this year under the theme, "Don't Rush in Ice and Slush." 

Participating students represented West Middlesex High School, Commodore Perry High School, Farrell High School, Greenville Area High School, and Mercer Area High School. 

Voting can be done through the PennDOT website by clicking on the "Paint the Plow" icon. 

The plow that receives the most votes between September 30 and October 6 will be deemed the "Fan Favorite."

In addition to the "Fan Favorite" award, the blades are also eligible for the "Judges' Pick" honor to be determined by PennDOT personnel and "People's Choice" which was determined at the Mercer County Open House.

The blades will be used to maintain area roadways during the winter weather season.