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PennDOT Explains How Trucking Companies Get Notified About Highway Restrictions During Storms

DUNMORE, Pa. -- With an 8 p.m. ban now in place, certain vehicles are now restricted from entering the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Clarks Summit. That includes tractor trailers with empty trailers or double trailers and RVs.

PennDOT also has the same restrictions on most interstates in northeastern Pennsylvania with monitors keeping a close eye on traffic inside PennDOT's operations center in Dunmore.

PennDOT spokesperson James May says they have multiple ways of alerting trucking companies about the ban.

“This is the room here, our traffic management center, that is really the focus of attempts to get the word out to the trucking companies and to the public," said May. “So we have our message boards that go up. We have our 511PA system, Twitter, Facebook, anything that we can do. We send emails out.”

At a rest area off Interstate 380 in Gouldsboro, truck drivers we spoke with said they already knew about the ban.

“I get it a lot by Facebook and the stuff my boss tells me. A lot of it is word of mouth,” said truck driver Clay Taninies.

“Seen it on the signs coming up here,” said truck driver Alex Eckman. “Coming up 81 from Harrisburg.”

The last time this ban was issued was earlier this month. Newswatch 16 found troopers pulling restricted trucks off the interstate, clearly frustrated with drivers not heeding to the ban.

Eckman says when he gets the call about the restrictions, his company makes sure all crews comply.

“For us, it's easy. They pull us. We're local, so when we see the stuff, our dispatchers notify us, and they pull everyone off the road,” said Eckman. “Yup, tell us to go home. We'll drop our loads for the day and head back to the yard.”

7 comments

  • peatermoss

    Typical Bash A Trucker Mentality.
    Trucks go better in the snow than most cars.
    So a trucker delivering gas or fuel, is ok to travel, but once empty he has to sit it out.
    Guess everyone will just have to stay put until the storm is over, and suck it up buttercup.

    • Shifty Biscuits

      PEATERMOSS- “Trucks go better in the snow than most cars.” FALSE. You’re trying to sell that to a guy who is a current CDL holder, part-time driver. The “cowboy drivers” who would not park it during snowstorms have ruined it for us safe drivers in more ways than one.

  • Shifty Biscuits

    Seeing as the cowboy truckers could never police themselves during snowstorms and get off the highway before road conditions deterioated, Now the PSP and PennDOT will do the policing for them.

    • D E Hoover (@oldjeepnut)

      You are very correct. The few idiots out there would rather call names than admit the real reason bans must be imposed. Those same idiots that call names are most of the problem. There is not a load or a job anywhere on this earth that is worth the risk many of the “cowboy” know it all super truckers take with the lives of others around them. So as stated…we all pay for the stupidity of the few.

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