Please see attached Official PennDOT Press Release (as of 1315hrs, March 20, 2018) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in regards to Winter Storm “Toby” -
ALL THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE EN EFFECT FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS AT THIS TIME
Full Press Release can be found HERE.
PennDOT is imposing a ban on empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, tractors hauling double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, pick-up trucks, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:
In addition, also beginning at 8 PM, a full ban on commercial vehicles will be imposed on:
PA Turnpike to Impose Systemwide Truck/Trailer Ban Tonight
Restrictions on certain trucks, trailers and other vehicles start at 8 p.m.
MIDDLETOWN, PA (MARCH 20, 2018) — Due to the incoming winter storm, the PA Turnpike will impose a ban of certain types of trucks, RV and trailers today starting at 8 p.m. Vehicle types covered by the restriction are:
· empty straight CDL-weighted trucks;
· 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, or RVs.
The above-listed vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the PA Turnpike’s east-west mainline from Ohio to New Jersey (I-76, 70/76 and 276) and on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476) beginning at 8 p.m. Restrictions will remain in place through the storm.
As storm conditions develop, a comprehensive commercial-vehicle ban and/or speed restrictions could be imposed across significant portions of the PA Turnpike system.
While driving in severe weather, motorists should follow these protocols:
· always travel at a safe speed for conditions, no matter what the posted limit is;
· allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks; and
· never pass a truck that is actively plowing or spreading salt.
In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, PA Turnpike motorists should dial *11 on a mobile phone. Be prepared to give the milepost location and direction of travel and move vehicles out of active travel lanes if possible.
While the PA Turnpike discourages travel during winter storms, motorists can check PA Turnpike conditions before heading out at www.paturnpike.com; look at the “Current Alerts” ticker at the top for restrictions. Travelers can also call the toll-free TRIP line at 866-976-TRIP (8747) for the latest travel information.
The PA Turnpike reminds motorists to pack a winter emergency kit. A basic kit includes non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider passenger necessities like baby food, pet supplies or medications.
Follow the PA Turnpike on Twitter at: @PATurnpikeAlert.
To view the latest on the Hours of Service Exemption for the movement of agricultural products, pharmaceutical products and food supplies, please click HERE.
If you have any questions pertaining to this waiver, please contact Jon Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-772-1771.
PennDOT Lifts Restrictions on Interstate 81 in South Central Pennsylvania
Harrisburg -- With winter weather diminished in south central Pennsylvania, PennDOT has lifted the restrictions on certain commercial traffic on the southern section of Interstate 81.
The restriction was lifted as of 2:30 PM for Interstate 81 between the Maryland line and Interstate 83 in Harrisburg.
The purpose of the restriction was to help ensure the interstate remained open during the winter storm. When conditions improved, PennDOT lifted the travel restrictions for this portion of Interstate 81. The restrictions remain in effect for Interstate 81 north of Interstate 83 to the New York State line.
The types of vehicles covered by the restriction were:
TRAVEL RESTRICTION UPDATE: PennDOT imposed roadway restrictions continue for CDL sized empty straight trucks, Twin Trailer combination vehicles, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:
Interstate 78 from the junction with Interstate 81 in Lebanon County to the New Jersey line.
I-80 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New Jersey line.
I-81 from I-83 to the New York State line.
All commercial vehicles are banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania.
Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered on these routes.
PA Turnpike Widens Truck/Trailer Ban to East-West Mainline
Empty, double tractor trailers banned from Harrisburg East to N.J.
MIDDLETOWN, PA (MARCH 6, 2018) — Due to the incoming winter storm, the PA Turnpike has announced that it will widen tomorrow’s ban of certain types of trucks and trailers that was announced earlier today.
Beginning at midnight on Tuesday, the PA Turnpike will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles on the entire 111-mile Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) from Mid-County (No. 20) to Clarks Summit (No. 131) and on a 112-mile section of the east-west mainline (Interstate 76 and 276) from Harrisburg East (No. 247) east to the Delaware River Bridge (No. 359).
If warranted, restrictions will remain in place through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered.
PennDOT has awarded a contract to James J. Anderson Construction Company Inc. of Philadelphia to rebuild and improve 1.5 miles of southbound Interstate 95 between Allegheny Avenue and Columbia Avenue. The project also includes replacement of the mile-long I-95 southbound viaduct and the associated southbound ramps at Girard Avenue.
Construction is expected to begin in early spring. Initial activities will include construction of foundations for new piers that will support the new southbound viaduct between Ann Street in Port Richmond and Palmer Street in Fishtown.
Early work also will take place at the southbound side of the Girard Avenue Interchange.
Removal and reconstruction of the existing southbound viaduct, as well as construction to replace and improve the at-grade southbound lanes between Allegheny Avenue and Ann Street, is expected to begin in late 2018 once the new northbound viaduct is completed.
Once the new northbound viaduct is completed this fall, PennDOT will shift three southbound lanes onto the new northbound lanes from Allegheny Avenue to the new stretch of highway south of Columbia Avenue, which was widened and reconstructed under the $39.3 million Section GR2 project that finished in 2016.
The southbound off-ramp at Girard Avenue also will be closed at that time for approximately two years to complete reconstruction from the interchange north. The on-ramp from Aramingo Avenue to southbound I-95 at the Girard Avenue Interchange will remain during its reconstruction.
During the off-ramp closure, southbound I-95 traffic normally exiting at Girard Avenue will be directed to exit at Allegheny Avenue and follow the detour to southbound Richmond Street back to the Girard Avenue Interchange area.
The Section GR4 contact will also construct sustainable enhancements adjacent to and beneath I-95. Among those features are a multi-use trail; low-maintenance landscaping; urban storm water management devices; enhanced public spaces; LED street and understructure lighting; and thematic formliners for decorative treatment of bridge and abutment walls.
PennDOT engineers and planners worked with the I-95 Sustainable Action Committee and representatives from the adjacent community to include these quality-of-life enhancements in the reconstruction of I-95.
Other improvements include the relocation of Aramingo Avenue between Delaware Avenue/Richmond Street and Cumberland Street; construction of three retaining walls to support embankments within the interchange area; installation of noise barrier walls along southbound I-95 from Indiana Avenue to Palmer Street and along southbound Aramingo Avenue from Norris Street to the southbound onramp; and installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) devices, including travel time readers, traffic cameras and dynamic message signs along I-95, U.S. 1 and U.S. 322 to assist PennDOT and the City of Philadelphia with traffic and incident management.
Construction of I-95 Section GR4 will take approximately four years to complete.
The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) advises that gas and diesel fuel will not be available at the Sideling Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County, eastbound and westbound, from 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 through 5 p.m. Friday, March 2.
“We are replacing the underground components of the plaza’s fuel pumps and will need this five-day period for safe installation and proper testing,” said Turnpike Facilities Director Jack Christensen. “We greatly regret this inconvenience to our customers and are advising motorists to plan accordingly.”
Motorists should not stop for fuel at Sideling Hill during this period but should travel onto the next service plazas. All other services will be available. The plaza’s fuel pumps will be operational for the weekend of March 3.
For more information on Turnpike service plazas click here: https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/service_plazas.aspx
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