PennDOT, PA Turnpike: Road restrictions in response to winter snow storm

A snow plow drives across a road in a heavy snowfall in Morrisville, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A snow plow drives across a road in a heavy snowfall in Morrisville, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

As snow hammers the region, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have announced a slew of driving restrictions on major roadways across the state.

To keep up with the latest information as the storm progresses, follow 511PA via its traveler information website and mapping tool.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there are Level 1 restrictions on the following routes:

  • 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

Under Level 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on those routes:

  • 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.

At 3:30 p.m., the following roadways moved to Level 3 restrictions:

  • 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; and
  • All eastbound and westbound miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from the Breezewood interchange to the Fort Washington Interchange

Under Level 3 restrictions, commercial vehicles are not permitted except loaded single trailers with chains or approved alternate traction devices. All school buses, commercial buses, coach buses, motorcycles, RVs, motorhomes, and passenger cars towing trailers are also not allowed on the above roads while Level 3 restrictions are in effect.

“By keeping those vehicles off the system, that really helps make sure that we don’t have as many accidents that can really degrade our ability to keep those roads safe and passable,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Melissa Batula during a Wednesday press conference.

On these roadways, a 45 mph speed limit restriction is in place and further speed limits may be enacted as the storm continues. Commercial vehicles that aren’t affected by the ban must move to the right lane.

For more information on traveling safely in winter weather, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter for an emergency kit checklist and other highway safety information.

WHYY’s Ximena Conde contributed reporting. 

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