The Pennsylvania PUC announced today that Area Code 582 will be enacted in Northwestern Pennsylvania beginning in 2012. Businesses and residences in Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties as well as parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana Counties will see the new code beginning on 2/1/2012. The 814 code will continue to work with the affected numbers for about six months after that.

The change is necessary as the commission projects running out of numbers in the 814 code by early 2013. Area code 814 covers the better part of 27 out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.