Winter storm triggers PA Turnpike, interstate restrictions
Traffic restrictions for some commercial vehicles, all recreational vehicles and motorcycles will go into effect at midnight Monday on a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between New Stanton and Carlisle as transportation officials anticipate potentially hazardous weather conditions moving through portions of the state.
The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph on that section of the toll road, much of Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania and sections of other Pennsylvania interstates, east of Cambria and Clearfield counties, where vehicle restrictions also will be in place.
According to officials, the following types of vehicles will be banned from the turnpike east of New Stanton: Empty tractor-trailers; all large combination vehicles with double trailers; tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles.
The restrictions were prompted by the expected arrival of a winter storm, with precipitation ranging from snow to sleet or freezing rain, Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
State road crews will treat roads throughout the storm, noting, “while snow is falling roads will not be bare, and in a storm like this one, snow can be helpful in reducing initial impacts from sleet and freezing rain,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.
At 6 a.m. Tuesday, the vehicle restrictions will be expanded to include: Interstate 76, both the turnpike and non-turnpike sections, from New Stanton to Philadelphia; the turnpike from Interstate 81 to the New Jersey state line; interstates 176, 283 and 676; Interstate 476, including the Turnpike Northeast Extension, between the Mid-County and Lehigh Valley exits; Interstate 78 from Interstate 81 to the New Jersey state line; Interstate 83 from the Maryland state line to I-81; I-81 from the Maryland state line to the Interstate-78 split; Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.
A full commercial vehicle ban, including buses, will be in effect beginning at midnight on Interstate 99 from Interstate 80 to the turnpike and Interstate 70 in Fulton County
Beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, the full ban also will apply to: Interstates 84, 180 and 380; I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey state line; I-81 from I-78 to the New York state line; and the Turnpike Northeast Extension from I-78 to the Clarks Summit Exit.
Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.