PennDOT lifts vehicle restrictions in roadways, PA turnpike

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UPDATE: (WTAJ) — As this week’s severe winter storm moves northeast, PennDOT is lifting vehicle restrictions on all roadways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

As of 11:00 A.M., Level 3 restrictions have been removed for I-80, from the 161/Bellefonte interchange, and east through Centre and Clinton counties.

Level 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, and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

Level 1 vehicle restrictions have also been lifted on Interstate 80 in Clearfield, Centre, and Clinton counties.

Under Level 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; and
  • motorcycles.

With vehicle restrictions lifted, the 45-mph speed restriction on most of I-80 has also been lifted in Clearfield, Centre, and Clinton counties. An additional speed restriction on I-99 in Centre County was lifted earlier this morning.

The 45-mph restriction remains in place on I-80 eastbound in Clearfield County from mile-marker 97 to mile-marker 133.

Drivers are reminded that I-80 eastbound and westbound remains closed from the 178/Lock Haven interchange to the I-180 interchange in Northumberland County due to a multi-vehicle crash. PennDOT will provide an update on that situation as soon as conditions improve.


ORIGINAL STORY: (WTAJ) — Here is a look at road closures and lane restrictions as central Pennsylvania gets hit with a winter storm.

Check back throughout the day for updates.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:  

  • Interstate 70, in Bedford and Fulton counties 
  • Interstate 99, in Bedford and Blair counties 

Commercial vehicles are to stay in the right lane.

CRASHES/TRAFFIC ALERTS

In Clinton County, 66 vehicles were involved in a crash that killed two people. As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, both lanes of Interstate 80 eastbound are now open from the 178/Lock Haven interchange in Clinton County to the Interstate 180 interchange in Northumberland County. Westbound I-80 in this area remains closed.

VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS (LEVEL 1)

PennDOT has enacted a Level 1 vehicle restriction. Under the restriction, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways that will be listed further down in the story:

  • 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
  • Motorcycles

Those vehicles will not be permitted on the following roadways:

  • All northbound and southbound miles of Route 33
  • Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 78
  • Interstate 80 from Interstate 99 to the New Jersey border
  • All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 81
  • All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 83
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 84
  • Interstate 95 from the Delaware border to the New Jersey border
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 283
  • All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 380
  • Interstate 476 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 676
  • All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 295
  • All eastbound and westbound miles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the Breezewood interchange to the New Jersey border

AFTERNOON CHANGES TO LEVEL THREE

It is anticipated that PennDOT will move to level three of the restriction at 3:30 p.m., where no commercial vehicles are permitted EXCEPT loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices.

They will not be permitted on the following roadways:

  • All northbound and southbound miles of Route 33
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 78
  • Interstate 80 from Interstate 99 to the New Jersey border
  • All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 81
  • All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 83
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 84
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of Interstate 283
  • All northbound and southbound miles of Interstate 380
  • Interstate 476 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95
  • All eastbound and westbound miles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the Breezewood interchange to the Fort Washington Interchange

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.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on these roadways for all vehicles while the vehicle restrictions are in place, and commercial vehicles not affected by the bans must move to the right lane.

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