Turnpike Lifts Truck/Trailer and Speed Restrictions in Western, Central PA
All other Turnpike restrictions to be lifted at 10 p.m. and midnight.
HARRISBURG, PA (MARCH 21, 2018) — The PA Turnpike lifted additional truck/trailer and speed-limit restrictions on some sections of the Turnpike in western and central Pennsylvania at 8 p.m.:
· The truck/trailer ban was lifted on the east-west mainline (I-76) from the Breezewood Exit (No. 161) to the Harrisburg East Exit (No. 247).
· The 45 mph speed-limit restriction was lifted on the east-west mainline (I-70/76) from the New Stanton Exit (No. 75) to the Breezewood Exit (No. 161).
Truck/trailer and speed restrictions remain in place on other sections of the PA Turnpike east of the above-noted areas:
· The truck/trailer ban is still in place on east-west mainline (I-76 and I-276) from the Harrisburg East Exit (No. 247) east to the NJ line and on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476).
· The 45 mph speed-limit restriction is still in place on east-west mainline (I-76 and I-276) from the Breezewood Exit (No. 161) east to the NJ line and on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476).
The truck/trailer and speed restrictions will be lifted on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476) at 10 p.m. All remaining truck/trailer and speed restrictions on the Turnpike’s east-west mainline will be lifted at midnight.
The PA Turnpike lifted some truck/trailer and speed restrictions in western PA as of 4 p.m. today. The truck/trailer ban was lifted on the east-west mainline (I-70/76) from the Ohio line east to the Breezewood Exit (No. 161); the 45 mph speed-limit restriction was lifted on the east-west mainline from Ohio to the New Stanton Exit (No. 75). Restrictions remain on other Turnpike segments until further notice.
UPDATES / REMINDERS OF TRAVEL RESTRICTION IN NY, NJ, & PA
These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice!
Beginning at 8:00 AM, Wednesday, March 21, all commercial vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the following highways:
NYS Police will be ticketing violators of the ban.
As of 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 20, New Jersey has banned commercial vehicles for the entire length of the following highways:
The commercial vehicle ban applies to:
Trucks that are already in New Jersey are encouraged to pull off in truck stops to wait out the storm - do not park on shoulders.
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:
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.
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.
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