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PennDOT Lifts Commercial Vehicle Ban On More Interstates

While some bans have lifted, there continues to be a speed restriction of 45 mph on most PA interstates

January 20, 2019 - 9:42 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - PennDOT has updated their ban on commercial traffic on interstates throughout Pennsylvania following Governor Tom Wolf’s State of Emergency declaration. While some bans have lifted, there continues to be a speed restriction of 45 mph on most PA interstates. 

The areas where the ban has been lifted include: 

- From Interstate 70 from the Maryland line to Breezewood and the Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline, Interstate 76; Interstate 78 between the junction with   Interstate 81 to the New Jersey state line; Interstate 80 between Interstate 81 and the New Jersey state line; Interstate 81 between the junction with Interstate 83 to Interstate 80; Interstate 476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, from Interstate 276, the Turnpike mainline, to Interstate 80; U.S. 22 from Interstate 78 to the New Jersey state line and Pennsylvania 33 from Interstate 78 to Interstate 80.

However, the ban remains in effect for the following areas: 

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- On Interstate 80 west of Interstate 81, Interstate 81 north of Interstate 80, Interstate 84, Interstate 86, Interstate 90, Interstate 99, Interstate 180 and Interstate 380.

Please remember to check your road conditions before you leave. You can stay up-to-date on road conditions by visiting www.511PA.com. You can download the 511PA to your smartphone as well. 

You can also check plow truck status and get travel alerts by using the “Check My Route” tool.

PennDOT recommends that you should have an emergency kit in your car with non-perishable food, water, first-aid kit, warm clothes, blankets, cell phone charger, and a small snow shovel. 

When traveling near a snow plow, please remember PennDOT’s safety tips: 

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a "plow train." The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can't see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle's wipers are on due to inclement weather.

If you do have to travel on the roads this Sunday, please be careful. 


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