PennDOT lifts restrictions after icy winter weather passes through

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — PennDOT and the PA Turnpike plans to implement vehicle restrictions Monday evening ahead of an anticipated winter storm.

UPDATE: PennDOT has lifted the following restriction now that they have had time to treat the highways in our region and the icy winter weather has stopped.


Original Restrictions:

Vehicles not impacted by the restrictions have a new speed limit of 45 mph.

Effective at 9:00 PM, Tier 4 restrictions went into effect for I-80 from I-79 to I-180.

On roadways with Tier 4 restrictions in place, no commercial vehicles are permitted. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

Effective at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15, a Tier 1 restriction will be placed on the following roadways:

  • Interstate 70 from the West Virginia border to the PA Turnpike;
  • The entire length of Interstate 76 (PA Turnpike’s mainline) and all extensions;
  • The entire length of Interstate 79;
  • Interstate 80 from Interstate 99 to the Ohio border;
  • The entire length of Interstate 86;
  • The entire length of Interstate 90;
  • The entire length of Interstate 279;
  • The entire length of Interstate 376; and
  • The entire length of Interstate 579.
  • Turnpike 43 (Mon-Fayette Expressway).
  • Turnpike 66 (Greensburg Bypass).
  • Turnpike 576 (Southern Beltway).
  • Toll 376 (Beaver Valley Expressway).
  • Interstate 276, Interstate 95 and Interstate 476 (Northeastern Extension).
  • I-99, Bedford and Blair Counties
  • I-70 in Bedford and Fulton Counties

More roads will be restricted as of 7 p.m.

  • The entire length of Route 22;
  • The entire length of Route 33;
  • The entire length of Interstate 70;
  • The entire length of Interstate 78;
  • Interstate 80 from Route 11/15 to the New Jersey border;
  • The entire length of Interstate 81
  • The entire length of Interstate 83
  • The entire length of Interstate 84
  • Interstate 99 from the PA Turnpike to Interstate 80
  • The entire length of Interstate 180; and
  • The entire length of Interstate 380.

Tier 3 restrictions will be in

This will be in place until conditions warrant their removal, according to PennDOT. Additional restrictions could be implemented if weather conditions worsen.

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What’s a Tier 1 Restriction?

Under a tier 1 restriction, the following vehicles will not be permitted on the roads previously mentioned above:

  • 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.

What’s a Tier 3 Restriction?

On roadways with Tier 3 restrictions in place, no commercial vehicles are permitted EXCEPT loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes towing passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

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