Update: PennDOT expands travel restrictions in South Central PA

Written by witf staff report | Feb 13, 2014 5:47 AM

(Harrisburg) -- As of 4 a.m. today, PennDOT has temporarily banned all empty and double tractor-trailers from using Interstate 81 and Interstate 83 in south central Pennsylvania until further notice. As of 5:30 a.m. today, PennDOT has also banned the following vehicles from using Interstate 78, Interstate 81, Interstate 83, Interstate 283, Route 283 and Route 581 in south central Pennsylvania:

  • Empty straight trucks;
  • Large Combination Vehicles (tandem trailers and doubles);
  • Tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • Trailers pulled by passenger vehicles;
  • Motorcycles; and
  • Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

The purpose of the ban is to help ensure that the roadways remain open during the most challenging conditions of the storm. When conditions improve, PennDOT will remove the travel restrictions.

The storm is currently moving through south central Pennsylvania, with heavy snow accumulation forecasted over the next several hours. Snow is expected to accumulate more than an inch per hour, and wind gusts near 30 mph are expected to cause drifting and low visibility.

PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms. However, if people must travel, they can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.

PennDOT also reminds 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.

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