UPDATE: Some rest areas in Pennsylvania to partially reopen

March 18, 2020 5:45 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

HARRISBURG, PA. -- In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, many rest areas in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been closed. PMTA has continued to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the effort to reopen these stops. 

PennDOT announced this afternoon that 13 of its 30 rest areas, the ones identified by PennDOT to be most utilized by truckers, will be available again by tomorrow, March 18, for truck parking. Portable restroom facilities will be available at these locations; each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day. Electronic message signs will be used near the applicable centers to notify drivers near the opened areas. 

Those areas will not be opening the indoor facilities.

The 13 locations are:

I-81: Luzerne northbound/southbound, Cumberland northbound/southbound;

I-80: Venango eastbound/westbound, Centre eastbound/westbound, Montour eastbound/westbound

I-79: Crawford northbound/southbound, Allegheny northbound only

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced partial closures to all 17 service plazas, however, they will be rolling back some of those restrictions by Saturday at the latest.

The proposed changes by Saturday are set to include:

Indoor bathrooms will be available at all hours

The convenience store will be open at all hours

One restaurant at each location will be open 7am-6pm and will serve a limited take-out menu but all tables and chairs will be removed from the inside of the plazas.

PMTA will continue to work with these organizations to ensure that our drivers have the resources necessary to do their jobs safely. More updates will be made on PMTA.org as they are available.


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