PennDOT Issues Winter Weather Travel Ban On Commercial Vehicles

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Effective at midnight tonight, Monday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are implementing a winter weather travel ban on commercial vehicles along a number of interstates expected to see a heavy dose of sleet and snow.

 

 

At midnight tonight, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and on I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike. Also at midnight, from New Stanton east to Carlisle, the Turnpike will prohibit:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

At 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will implement a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) on the following roadways:

  • Interstate 380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from I-78 to the New York state line;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131); and
  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80.

 

Also at 6:00 AM Tuesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276, I-95) from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-176;
  • I-283;
  • I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County (#20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56);
  • I-676;
  • I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to I-78 split;
  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
  • I-95 full length;
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

A 45-mph speed restriction will be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those timeframes and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.

In a release, PennDOT said that depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced. See a map of planned restrictions (PDF) at www.penndot.gov, and when restrictions are effective, they can be viewed at www.511PA.com.

This ban comes on the heels of a winter weather travel ban on truckers issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York just a couple of weeks ago. Since issuing the ban, Gov. Cuomo has come under intensifying scrutiny especially by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition.

Fearing a similar scene that played out over the weekend in Wisconsin when officials had to sort through a 40 vehicle crash near Osseo in Eau Claire County which included 7 semi-trucks, PennDOT has chosen to follow the same path as Gov. Cuomo.

 

 

Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the developments.

 

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