June 25, 2021

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PENNDOT adds vehicle, speed restrictions to central Pa. roads

AND YORK TO SHREWSBERRY IS 22 MINUTES. PENNDOT ADDED MORE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, THESE AFFECT INTERSTATE 78, 81, 80 THREE, AND 200 83, AS WELL AS THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE. SPEEDS ARE LOWERED TO 45 MILES PER HOUR. THIS HAPPENED OVERNIGHT, BUT REMAIN AND WITHIN THE LAST HALF AN HOUR THEY UPPED IT TO A TIER TWO STRICKEN. THIS MEANS SNOW TRACTORS WITHOUT TRAILERS OR NO TRACTORS TOWING UNLESS THEY DO HAVE CHAINS OR SOMETHING ELSE HEAVY ON BOARD. RVS, BUSES, AND COMMERC

PennDOT adds vehicle, speed restrictions to central Pennsylvania roads


In response to Thursday’s winter weather, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has placed additional vehicle restrictions on interstates and limited access expressways in central Pennsylvania.Tier 2 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan is now in place on:Interstate 81 from the Pennsylvania-Maryland State Line in Franklin County, through Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties.Interstate 78 in Lebanon County.Under Tier 2 restrictions, all Tier 1 restrictions plus a prohibition on tractors towing loaded tandem trailers without chains on board are in place on affected roadways.Under Tier 2 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:Tractors without trailers.Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers.Tractors towing loaded tandem trailers unless there are chains or another approved Alternate Traction Device on board.Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV.Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers.Recreational vehicles/motorhomes.School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches.Motorcycles.Drivers are reminded that Tier 1 restrictions remain in place on the following route:The entire length of Interstate 283.Drivers are also reminded that speeds are reduced to 45 mph on the following highways, as well as commercial vehicles being restricted to the right lane only: Interstate 81 in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Lebanon counties.I-83 in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties.I-283 in Dauphin County.US 15 from Maryland State Line to PA 581.US 22 from I-81 to PA 75.US 30 from US 15 to PA 23.I-78 from I-81 to Mile Marker 10.US 222 from US 30 to PA 568/PA 272.PA 283, the entire length.US 322 from I-83 to Dauphin/Lebanon County Line.PA 581, the entire length.Additional restrictions on interstates and expressways could be added depending on changing conditions.PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel during the storm. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions. Emergency kitsDrivers are encouraged to prepare or restock their emergency kits with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel.Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.Snow plow safetyPennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment.When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

In response to Thursday’s winter weather, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has placed additional vehicle restrictions on interstates and limited access expressways in central Pennsylvania.

Tier 2 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan is now in place on:

  • Interstate 81 from the Pennsylvania-Maryland State Line in Franklin County, through Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.
  • Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties.
  • Interstate 78 in Lebanon County.

Under Tier 2 restrictions, all Tier 1 restrictions plus a prohibition on tractors towing loaded tandem trailers without chains on board are in place on affected roadways.

Under Tier 2 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

  • Tractors without trailers.
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers.
  • Tractors towing loaded tandem trailers unless there are chains or another approved Alternate Traction Device on board.
  • Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV.
  • Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers.
  • Recreational vehicles/motorhomes.
  • School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches.
  • Motorcycles.

Drivers are reminded that Tier 1 restrictions remain in place on the following route:

  • The entire length of Interstate 283.

Drivers are also reminded that speeds are reduced to 45 mph on the following highways, as well as commercial vehicles being restricted to the right lane only:

  • Interstate 81 in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Lebanon counties.
  • I-83 in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties.
  • I-283 in Dauphin County.
  • US 15 from Maryland State Line to PA 581.
  • US 22 from I-81 to PA 75.
  • US 30 from US 15 to PA 23.
  • I-78 from I-81 to Mile Marker 10.
  • US 222 from US 30 to PA 568/PA 272.
  • PA 283, the entire length.
  • US 322 from I-83 to Dauphin/Lebanon County Line.
  • PA 581, the entire length.

Additional restrictions on interstates and expressways could be added depending on changing conditions.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel during the storm. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions.

Emergency kits

Drivers are encouraged to prepare or restock their emergency kits with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel.

Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

Snow plow safety

PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment.

When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.