Saturday, March 2, 2024

PennDOT, Pa. Turnpike issue road restrictions ahead of winter storm

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have issued road restrictions ahead of the winter storm that is expected to bring between 4 to 8 inches of snow to the Harrisburg area.

Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service placed much of Pennsylvania under a winter storm warning, including Franklin, Perry, Dauphin, Lebanon and Cumberland counties.

Motorists are urged to stay off the road during the storm.

The following vehicle restrictions will go into effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in place until weather conditions are safe.

No commercial vehicles will be allowed on the following roads. This includes school and commercial buses, motor choaches motorcycles, RV/motorhomes and passenger vehicles towing trailers.

  • I-80 from mile marker 173 to the New Jersey border.
  • I-81 from I-78 to the New York border.
  • I-84, entire length.
  • I-180, entire length.
  • I-380, entire length.
  • I-476 from I-80 to exit 130

Tractors, cargo delivery or box trucks without trailers or towing unloaded/light loads, passenger vehicles towing trailers, RV/motorhomes, school and commercial buses, motor coaches and motorcycles will not be allowed on the following roads:

  • PA Turnpike from exit 75 to exit 161
  • I-78, entire length.
  • I-80 from I-79 to mile marker 173.
  • I-99, entire length.
  • U.S. 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey border.
  • Route 33, entire length.
  • I-476 from I-78 to I-80.

A full list of restrictions on these roads can be found here.

PennDOT noted that there were 135 crashes last winter on snow/ice-covered highways where aggressive driving occured. Those crashes resulted in one death and 61 injuries.

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