UPDATE: PennDOT Lifts Travel Restrictions

UPDATE: As of 6:30 a.m. on Monday, March 4, all vehicle and speed restrictions have been lifted.

Original Story

PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike officials have implemented some vehicle restrictions ahead of Sunday’s snow.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, the agencies will implement a full commercial ban (including buses) on the following roadways:

  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from I-83 to I-80;
  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
  • I-283;
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

Also at 3 p.m. Sunday, the agencies will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; tractors without trailers (bobtails); any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from Harrisburg East to Mid-County;
  • I-176; and
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County to Clarks Summit.

Empties and doubles restrictions went into effect at 7 p.m. on:

  • I-81 from I-80 to the New York state line;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line and
  • I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80.

As of noon on Sunday, the agencies prohibited only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; tractors without trailers (bobtails); any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • I-70 full length in Fulton County;
  • I-80 (I-99 to I-81);
  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to I-83;
  • I-99 full length;
  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80;
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County to I-80.

PennDOT has also reduced the speed limit to 45 mph on the following roads:

  • Interstate 80 from the Clinton County line to the New Jersey state line;
  • Interstate 81 from Schuylkill County to the New York state line;
  • Interstate 380;
  • Interstate 84;
  • Interstate 180, from Route 15 in Williamsport to Interstate 80 in Northumberland County;
  • Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties;
  • Interstate 176 in Berks County;
  • US 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties;
  • US 209 in Monroe County;
  • US 222 in Berks and Lehigh counties;
  • US 422 in Berks County;
  • PA 33 in Northampton and Monroe counties;
  • PA 309 in Lehigh County.

For more information, visit PennDOT’s website.

14 comments

  • albertcohol

    BTW Folks the ban does not cover roads like,
    Rt 11,15, 309,92,33,29,209 Etc.
    These are just some of the alternate routes that are being used to get around the interstate ban.
    So now you have BIG RIGS traveling through you town instead of the interstates or turnpike.

    • Denpachii

      Wilkes-Barre to Hazleton on 309. Up big hill, around mountain curves, down hill through town, down big hill, up big hill, curves, through town, down hill… sounds nice and safe in a big truck on a mountain in a snowstorm.

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