HARRISBURG, Pa – Due to the heavy snowfall and projected winter weather for Saturday, PennDOT has issued a ban on all commercial vehicles on all interstates except I-95 from noon Saturday until noon Sunday. The ban will also be imposed on the Turnpike, U.S. 22 in the Lehigh Valley and PA Route 33 in Northampton and Monroe Counties.
The restriction includes all commercial vehicles (loaded and empty), motorcycles, RV/Motorhomes and passenger vehicles pulling trailers.
Additionally, PennDOT will issue a speed limit reduction to 45 MPH throughout the commonwealth as conditions occur.
State officials urge all motorists to use caution during the storm and to postpone travel if possible.
“We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a release declaring a state of emergency. “Our top concern is the safety of residents. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”
The declaration of an emergency allows for additional help from neighboring states and standing up the Pennsylvania National Guard to ensure a swift response to possible changing priorities, and the vehicle bans will allow our snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.
The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has also issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in support of the transport of heating fuel including propane, natural gas, heating oil and other fuel products including gasoline. The following 12 states fall under the declaration; Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The declaration will expire at midnight on Feb. 2.
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