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PennDOT lifts reductions on speed limits on several midstate roads

Written by witf | Dec 10, 2013 7:14 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- PennDOT has lifted the speed limit restrictions that were in place on several roadways in the southern portion of the midstate.

 Due to the winter storm this morning, speed limits were reduced to 45 mph on Interstate 83 between Maryland and Interstate 81 in Dauphin County, Route 30 through Lancaster and York counties, Route 283 between Harrisburg and Lancaster, and Route 222 between Reading and Lancaster.

All speeds have been restored to their usual posted limits. PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

This story has been updated 12/10/13  at 12:05 p.m.

Due to the winter storm impacting the region, PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 miles-per-hour on the entire 50-mile length of Interstate 83, from the Maryland state line to Interstate 81 in Dauphin County. PennDOT has also reduced the speed on Route 283 between the City of Lancaster and the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Harrisburg, and on Route 30 in Lancaster and York counties. Additionally, PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 miles-per-hour on Interstate 78 and also on Route 222 between the City of Lancaster and Reading in Berks County. As the storm progresses through south central Pennsylvania and conditions warrant, PennDOT anticipates reducing speeds on other major highways as well.

PennDOT encourages motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. Although PennDOT has crews treating the roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or 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 500 traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

The Department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

Schools are announcing delays and closings, with the latest information available here.

Four flights at Harrisburg International Airport have already been cancelled. The latest update is available here.

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