PennDOT cautions drivers of icy roads; restrictions on interstates overnight

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PennDOT is imposing restrictions on certain trucks and other vehicles, limiting speeds and urging drivers to prepare their cars for colder temperatures.

Drivers are urged to reduce their speeds and be cautious on the roads.

The restrictions will be in place between 11 p.m. on Monday and 6 a.m. on Tuesday. The restrictions will ban double trailers, non-commercial vehicles pulling trailers, empty trailers, motorcycles and recreational vehicles on the following interstates:

    • Interstate 80 east of the junction with Interstate 79 to the New Jersey border.
    • Interstate 81 north of the junction with Interstate 78 to the New York border.
    • Interstates 84, 180 and 380 in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania.
    • Interstate 476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike north of the Lehigh Valley exit.

The speed limits on these interstates will be reduced to 45 MPH while the vehicle restrictions are in place. Speed limits may be reduced again, depending on the weather conditions.

To prepare for the anticipated storm, PennDOT has applied anti-icing materials to many roads and is activating its statewide command center and regional command centers in areas most affected by the storm.

“Refreshing yourself on winter driving and preparations is just as important in the winter as it is the rest of the year,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. “No matter whether they are taking short or long trips, it is important for drivers to ensure they are prepared for any type of weather and road condition.”

Drivers are encouraged to check www.511PA.com to check weather and road conditions before driving and “Know Before You Go.”

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