Update: PennDOT urges caution, reduces speed on central PA highways

Written by Megan Lello | Dec 26, 2012 2:26 PM

(Harrisburg) -- PennDOTis urging drivers to take caution if they have to hit the roads this afternoon. The agency has temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 miles per hour on Interstate 78 in Lebanon County; Interstate 81 in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, and Lebanon counties; Interstate 83; U.S. Route 15 in Adams, Cumberland, and York counties; and Route 581.

The speed limit on the Northeastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476) from Mid-County (#20) to Clarks Summit (#131) has also been reduced to 45 mph due to the winter storm.

 In addition, trucks pulling doubles or empty trailers are still banned from traveling the 86-mile stretch of Turnpike from New Stanton (Exit #75) to Breezewood (Exit #161). The ban includes vehicles pulling, campers, utility and horse trailers.

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PennDOT says it'll expand restrictions if snowy and icy road conditions worsen.

PennDOT says drivers should stay home if they can. If they must travel, drivers can check road conditions by calling 511 or visiting

The agency also encourages travelers to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles, which should include non-perishable food, water, warm clothes, a blanket, and small shovel.

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