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Pa. Turnpike restricts speed and expands trailer ban due to winter weather

Written by witf | Feb 13, 2014 7:59 AM
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The Pa. Turnpike Commission (PTC) added a speed-limit restriction of 45 mph for all drivers traveling between Blue Mountain Tunnel (milepost #200) and the Delaware River Bridge (Exit #359) as well as the entire Northeastern Extension from Mid County Interchange (Exit #20) to Clarks Summit (Exit #131).

The PTC also expanded its temporary trailer ban to include non-commercial or recreational trailers being pulled by passenger vehicles, including utility or cargo trailers, horse and other livestock trailers and trailers for boats, snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles. This restriction is in addition to the temporary ban on empty and double tractor-trailers traveling between Breezewood Interchange (Exit #161) and the Delaware River Bridge as well as the entire Northeastern Extension.

Trailer and speed restrictions will stay in place through the duration of the storm.

The storm will be dumping snow at a rate of one to two inches per hour causing low visibility and possible white-out conditions until 3 p.m. today. Some isolated areas may experience three to four inches of snow per hour. Extra maintenance crews and Pennsylvania State Police patrols are on duty across the turnpike. They will be clearing the roadway and assisting motorists as needed. For safety reasons, drivers should not pass plow trucks clearing the roadway.

For up-to-the-minute turnpike conditions, check the live Travel Conditions Map online at www.paturnpike.com/webmap or call 866-976-TRIP (8747) for restrictions and closures. The turnpike’s free smartphone app, “trip talk,” provides iPhone and Droid users with audio alerts for their specific location and direction of travel. Visit www.paturnpike.com/triptalk to learn more.

To report an accident or other emergency on the Pa. Turnpike, remember to dial *11 from a mobile phone.

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