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Sandy Slowing Traffic

Posted on: 6:05 pm, October 29, 2012, by , updated on: 07:12pm, October 29, 2012

GOULDSBORO — The wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy caused major problems for some drivers having to travel through the Poconos.

At a rest stop off Interstate 380 near Gouldsboro, trucks are lined up.

Many drivers say the reason they’re there and not on the highway is because Hurricane Sandy is making it tough to travel.

“Oh it’s bad. It’s windy, it’s rainy out there. It takes time to go where you got to go. It’s a hassle,” said Michael Greene, a tractor trailer driver from Ohio.

Greene traveled from Ohio to drop off his load in Gouldsboro.

After taking a break from withering Sandy, he’s heading back.

Johnny Estus, who also operates a tractor trailer, normally drops off containers in New Jersey and Delaware.

But thanks to Sandy, his work week has been cut short.

“It put me out of work today. I was down to the office and they said the piers had closed again tomorrow,” said Estus of Gouldsboro.

As to when Estus will be back to work, he says after talking to his bosses, the docks aren’t doing too well.

“I know they’re down there scrambling to secure everything because they stack the containers pretty high. Especailly empty containers on top of each other. The winds that high can blow them right off,” said Estus.

By mid-afternoon near Gouldsboro, the wind started picking up and the rain came down a little harder.

The combination of both those factors sparked PennDOT to take action.  Officials are urging motorists to stay off the road, but if you have to hit the road, they say the speed limit on many major highways is 45 miles an hour.

Usually the speed limit is 65.

One driver from the Gouldsboro area is glad PennDOT is stepping in for everyone’s safety.

“Anything for our safety, I think it works,” said Lillian Collins of Gouldsboro.

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