Speed restrictions lifted on most of Turnpike

Written by Staff reports | Feb 18, 2014 4:34 AM

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(Harrisburg) --The Pennsylvania Turnpike has lifted speed restrictions on most of the Turnpike, except for the Northeast Extension, the site of a massive pileup last week that sent 30 people to the hospital.

Officials said today that the limit would remain in effect "until the weather improves."

State transportation department also imposed but later lifted a 45 mph speed limit on some roads due to the winter storm.

The National Weather Service says the storm brought some rare "thundersnow" - heavy snow with embedded thunder - to western Pennsylvania.

Forecasters say 6.5 inches of snow has been reported in Butler County, 6 inches in Lawrence County and more than 5 inches in Somerset County, with 3 inches at Philadelphia International Airport.

Earlier story is below:

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is now operating under a Weather Emergency. Speed limits are now reduced to 45 miles per hour between Interchange #2 Gateway and Interchange #326 Valley Forge on I-76, from Interchange #326 Valley Forge to Interchange #359 Delaware River Bridge on I-276 and from Interchange #A20 Mid County to Interchange #A131 Clark Summit on I-476.

All travelers are urged to reduce their speeds and keep alert for changing travel conditions and emergency crews working on the roadway. Motorists should stay alert for areas of snow with poor visibility, and icy roadway conditions. The Pennsylvania Turnpike asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks.

Also, for travelers 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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