UPDATE: PennDOT has lifted the speed-limit restrictions that were in place on interstate highways in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Due to the winter storm that impacted the region, speed limits were reduced earlier today to 45 mph on interstate highways. The roads listed below have been restored to their posted speed limits:
• Interstate 79 in Erie, Crawford and Mercer counties;
• Interstate 90 in Erie County;
• Interstate 86 in Erie County;
• Interstate 376 in Mercer County; and
• Interstate 80 in Venango and Mercer counties.
PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear.
Due to extreme winter road conditions, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation temporarily is reducing the speed limit on interstates and expressways across Pennsylvania, effective immediately.
PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 miles per hour on the following highways:
• Interstate 70 in Fulton, Bedford, Westmoreland and Washington counties
• Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties
• Interstate 78 in Lebanon County,
• Interstate 79
• Interstate 80
• Interstate 81 from Schuylkill County to the New York State line.
• Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties,
• Interstate 86 in Erie County
• Interstate 90 in Erie County
• Interstate 95
• Interstate 99
• Interstate 180
• Interstate 283 in Dauphin County,
• Interstate 279
• Interstate 376
• Interstate 380
• Interstate 476
• Interstate 579
• Interstate 676
• US 22 in Lehigh, Northampton, Lebanon, Cambria, Blair, Allegheny and Washington counties
• US 30 in Westmoreland counties
• US 222 in Lancaster, Berks and Lehigh counties
• US 422 in Berks County
• PA Route 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties,
• PA Route 309 in Lehigh County
• US 119 in Fayette and Westmoreland counties
• US 219 in Cambria and Somerset counties
• Toll Route 43 in Allegheny and Washington counties
• US 22/322 in Dauphin and Perry counties
• PA Route 581 in Cumberland County
• PA Route 283 in Lancaster and Dauphin counties
• US 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties
• US 11 in Franklin and Cumberland counties
• US 11/15 in Cumberland and Perry County counties
• US 30 in Lancaster and York counties
• US 222 in Lancaster County, between Rt. 30 and Berks County line
• US 1, in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties
• PA Route 63, in Montgomery and Bucks counties
• PA Route 309, in Montgomery and Lehigh counties
• US 422, in Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties
• PA Route 28, in Allegheny, Butler and Armstrong counties
• US 322, in Centre County
• US 220, in Clinton County,
• US 22/322 in Mifflin and Juniata counties.
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.
PennDOT also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.
PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.
PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.
For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.
Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentown.