PennDOT urges motorists to stay off the roads

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising motorists to delay unnecessary travel during the storm.

  • By Craig Rhodes/WITF

(Harrisburg)  —  The major winter storm that’s blanketing south central Pennsylvania and much of the state with snow is going to make travel conditions very hazardous.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising motorists to delay unnecessary travel during the storm.

PennDOT spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler says if you have the option to Tele-work on Monday and Tuesday, please use that option.

She says less traffic allows crews to do their job of clearing the roadways more efficiently.

PennDOT says if you absolutely must go out, use caution, reduce your speed and watch for changing weather conditions.

They also say it’s a good idea to check on roadway conditions before leaving at www.511PA.com.

The department has reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

Interstate 81 in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Lebanon counties;

I-83 in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties;

I-283 in Dauphin County.

US 15 from Maryland State Line to PA 581;

US 22 from I-81 to PA 75;

US 30 from US-15 to PA 23;

I-78 from I-81 to Mile Marker 10;

US 222 from US 30 to PA 568/ PA 272;

PA 283, the entire length;

US 322 from I-83 to Dauphin/Lebanon County Line, and

PA 581, the entire length.

Commercial vehicles must stay in the right lane while the restriction is in place.

Also, Interstate 83 in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties, Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, and Interstate 78 in Lebanon County is  restricted under Tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

Under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

  • Tractors without trailers;
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers;
  • Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV;
  • Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers;
  • Recreational vehicles/motorhomes;
  • School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s); and
  • Motorcycles.

 

 

 

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