With winter weather and icy conditions expected across most of the state Thursday evening, PennDOT has announced it plans to implement vehicle restrictions on several Pennsylvania roadways starting at 5:00 PM.
PennDOT will communicate restrictions via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website and smartphone apps.
Effective at 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 24, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 1
The entire length of Interstate 99.
Effective at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 24, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 1
I-79 from I-80 to I-90
The entire length of I-80
I-81 from I-78 to the New York border
The entire length of I-84
The entire length of I-180
The entire length of I-380
The entire length of Route 33.
The restrictions will remain in place until conditions have improved enough to warrant their removal.
According to PennDOT, under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:
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
School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s) and Motorcycles.
PennDOT advises motorists to avoid unnecessary travel in affected areas during the storm and if travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions.
Roadways will be pre-treated ahead of the storm to help prevent ice from forming a bond with the pavement, however, PennDOT says salt is not a silver bullet, and drivers may still encounter patches of ice.
Extra caution is recommended when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.