Due to the dangerous wind speeds associated with Hurricane Sandy, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) will temporarily reduce the speed limit to 45 mph and restrict certain types of vehicles on some southeast Pa.roadways.
PennDOT is urging drivers to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:
Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware counties;;
Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties;
U.S. Route 30 Bypass in Chester County;
Route 63 (Woodhaven Expressway) in Philadelphia;
U.S. Route 202 in Chester County;
Route 309 in Bucks and Montgomery counties;
U.S. Route 422 in Montgomery County;
Route 611 Bypass in Bucks County;
Interstate 81 from the New York state to Maryland state border;
Interstates 78, 83, 84, 380, 176 and 76;
Interstate 283 and Route 283;
Interstate 80 east of Interstate 81;
Pennsylvania Turnpike from New Jersey to Carlisle and the Northeast Extension;
U.S. Routes 15, 30, 22/322 and 33.
Also, in conjunction with similar restrictions imposed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, these types of vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the speed-restricted roadways:
• Class 9 vehicles (Overweight and over-dimensional trucks);
• Empty straight trucks;
• Large Combination Vehicles (tandem trailers and doubles);
• Tractors hauling empty trailers;
• Trailers pulled by passenger vehicles;
• Recreational Vehicles, or RVs.
PennDOT and the PTC may expand these restrictions to other parts of the state later today. Vehicles in these classifications should pull over to a safe area and wait for the restriction to be lifted.
Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during intense storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511or visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. Regional Twitter pages and personal alerts are also available on the 511PA website.
- Interstate 81 from the New York state to Maryland state border;
- Interstates 78, 83, 84, 380, 176 and 76;
- Interstate 283 and Route 283;
- Interstate 80 east of Interstate 81;
- Pennsylvania Turnpike from New Jersey to Carlisle and the Northeast Extension;
- Route 581; and
- U.S. Routes 15, 30, 22/322 and 33.