June 22, 2021

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PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike implement vehicle restrictions

PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike implement vehicle restrictions

Motorists urged to avoid travel if possible


In response to winter weather and icy conditions through much of the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are implementing restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on certain roadways around the state. The restrictions will begin at noon Saturday and remain in place until conditions warrant their removal. Motorists are urged to avoid travel if possible.Effective at noon Saturday, vehicle restrictions are anticipated on the following roadways at tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:The entire length of Interstate 76/276 (PA Turnpike mainline) in both directions; andThe entire length of Interstate 476 (PA Turnpike Northeast Extension) in both directions;Effective at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, vehicle restrictions are anticipated on the following roadways at tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:The entire length of Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) in both directions;The entire length of Interstate 78 in both directions;Interstate 81 from the Maryland border to Interstate 80;The entire length of Interstate 83 in both directions;The entire length of Interstate 95 in both directions;The entire length of Interstate 176 in both directions;The entire length of Interstate 283 in both directions;The entire length of Interstate 295 in both directions;The entire length of Interstate 476 (non-tolled portion) in both directions; andThe entire length of Interstate 676 in both directions.Under tier 1 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 unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers;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 not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s); andMotorcycles.Additional speed and vehicle restrictions on these and other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions.PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel during the storm if possible. But if travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions. Freezing temperatures are expected during this event, so motorists should be aware of blowing and drifting snow, which can cause icy areas on roadways, including overpasses and bridges. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.

In response to winter weather and icy conditions through much of the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are implementing restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on certain roadways around the state. The restrictions will begin at noon Saturday and remain in place until conditions warrant their removal. Motorists are urged to avoid travel if possible.

Effective at noon Saturday, vehicle restrictions are anticipated on the following roadways at tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

  • The entire length of Interstate 76/276 (PA Turnpike mainline) in both directions; and
  • The entire length of Interstate 476 (PA Turnpike Northeast Extension) in both directions;

Effective at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, vehicle restrictions are anticipated on the following roadways at tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

  • The entire length of Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) in both directions;
  • The entire length of Interstate 78 in both directions;
  • Interstate 81 from the Maryland border to Interstate 80;
  • The entire length of Interstate 83 in both directions;
  • The entire length of Interstate 95 in both directions;
  • The entire length of Interstate 176 in both directions;
  • The entire length of Interstate 283 in both directions;
  • The entire length of Interstate 295 in both directions;
  • The entire length of Interstate 476 (non-tolled portion) in both directions; and
  • The entire length of Interstate 676 in both directions.

Under tier 1 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 unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers;
  • 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 not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s); and
  • Motorcycles.

Additional speed and vehicle restrictions on these and other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel during the storm if possible. But if travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions. Freezing temperatures are expected during this event, so motorists should be aware of blowing and drifting snow, which can cause icy areas on roadways, including overpasses and bridges. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.