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Turnpike lifts some speed limit, trailer restrictions

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Speed limit restrictions and a ban on certain commercial and recreational trailers have been lifted on parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The speed limit restriction of 45 mph has been lifted for all drivers traveling between the Carlisle Interchange and the Delaware River Bridge, as well as from Mid-County to Lehigh Valley on the Northeastern Extension and between New Stanton and Carlisle.

The tractor-trailer ban for drivers pulling empty and double trailers between Carlisle and the Delaware River Bridge, as well as from Mid-County to Lehigh Valley on the Northeastern Extension, and from New Stanton to Carlisle, has also been lifted.

However, because of areas of roadway ponding on the Turnpike in the southeast and low visibility and whiteouts on the Northeastern Extension (I-476), the 45 mph speed limit remains in place on all sections of the Pa. Turnpike system east of the Carlisle Interchange, including the Extension.

The empty/double trailer ban (including the ban of any trailer pulled by a passenger vehicle) is now in effect on the Pa. Turnpike only on the Northeastern Extension from the Lehigh Valley Exit to the northern terminus of I-476 at Clarks Summit.

Trucks are also being restricted to the right lane of travel in both directions between New Stanton and Fort Littleton.

Since more snow is still expected throughout the night, the restrictions may be reinstated at any time.

Drivers are asked to travel with caution and expect changing weather conditions.

Maintenance crews and Pennsylvania State Police will be monitoring the roadway throughout the storm. They will be clearing the roadway and assisting motorists as needed.

 

Reported earlier:

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has expanded speed limit restrictions and a temporary ban on certain commercial and recreational trailers.

The 45 mph speed limit is for all drivers traveling between the New Stanton Interchange and the Delaware River Bridge, as well as the entire Northeastern Extension.

Tractor-trailers pulling empty and double trailers are banned on the same parts of the Turnpike, as are non-commercial or recreational trailers being pulled by passenger vehicles, including utility or cargo trailers, horse and other livestock trailers and trailers for boats, snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles.

Trucks are also being restricted to the right lane of travel in both directions between New Stanton and Fort Littleton.

The trailer and speed restrictions will stay in place through the duration of the storm.

 

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