PennDot Announces Travel Restrictions for Impending Storm

February 11, 2019 - 5:27 pm
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PA Turnpike are advising motorists to closely monitor weather forecasts and conditions as a storm brings mixed precipitation types to much of the state, with many areas expected to see precipitation during the Monday evening and Tuesday morning rush hours.

 

“Our crews have been and will continue to treat roadways through the storm, and the public are our partners in handling this storm,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “I want to remind drivers that while snow is falling roads will not be bare, and in a storm like this one, snow can be helpful in reducing initial impacts from sleet and freezing rain.”

 

Due to potential snowfall and anticipated sleet or freezing rain along with balancing needs for goods movement, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are implementing phased restrictions through the storm. Depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced. See a map of planned restrictions at www.penndot.gov, and when restrictions are effective, they can be viewed at www.511PA.com.

 

At midnight tonight, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and on I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike. Also at midnight, from New Stanton east to Carlisle, the Turnpike will prohibit:

empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;

all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);

tractors hauling empty trailers;

any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;

all motorcycles; and

all recreational vehicles and RVs.

 

At 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will implement a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) on the following roadways:

Interstate 380 full length from I-81 to I-80;

I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey state line;

I-81 from I-78 to the New York state line;

I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;

I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131); and

I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80.

 

 

Also at 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276, I-95) from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;

I-176;

I-283;

I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);

I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County (#20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56);

I-676;

I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);

I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;

I-81 from the Maryland state line to I-78 split;

I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;

I-95 full length;

Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and

Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

 

A 45-mph speed restriction will be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those timeframes and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.

 

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