PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be imposing vehicle and speed restrictions tonight during a second wave of winter weather.
Officials say with the mixed precipitation expected across the commonwealth from Monday night through the Tuesday morning rush hour.
According to PennDOT, starting 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-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
-I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County (#20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56);
-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.
PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:
-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.