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Some travel restrictions lifted in South Central Pa.

Written by witf | Feb 13, 2014 2:56 PM
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PennDOT has lifted the temporary restriction on certain vehicles from traveling on Interstate 78, Interstate 81, Interstate 83, Interstate 283, Route 283 and Route 581 in south central Pennsylvania. Speed limit restrictions on area highways, however, remain in place until further notice.

Due to the winter storm impacting the region, PennDOT temporarily restricted certain vehicles from using interstate highways earlier today to help ensure that the interstates remained open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm.

The types of vehicles that were prohibited from traveling on the interstate highways in the region since 5:30 a.m. were:

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

The Pa. Turnpike Commission (PTC) is also lifting the speed-limit restriction of 45 mph for all drivers traveling between Carlisle Interchange (Exit #226) and the Delaware River Bridge (Exit #359), as well as from Mid-County (Exit #20) to Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) on the Northeastern Extension. The PTC is also lifting the tractor-trailer ban for drivers pulling empty and double trailers between Carlisle Interchange (Exit #226) and the Delaware River Bridge (Exit #359), as well as from Mid-County (Exit #20) to Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) on the Northeastern Extension. However, over-dimensional trucks (those requiring special, Class-9 permits) are still banned from traveling the system from New Stanton Interchange (Exit #75) to the Delaware River Bridge and on the entire Northeastern Extension.

Trucks are also being restricted to the right lane of travel in both directions between New Stanton Interchange and Fort Littleton Interchange (Exit #180).

Since more snow is still expected throughout the night, the PTC may reinstate the restrictions at any time. Drivers are still asked to travel with caution and expect changing weather conditions. Maintenance crews and Pennsylvania State Police will be monitoring the roadway throughout the storm. They will be clearing the roadway and assisting motorists as needed.

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