PennDOT travel restrictions beginning tonight on major interstates
Governor Tom Wolf says state agencies have prepared a plan to reduce disruptions for the new severe winter weather storm that begins tonight.
At midnight on Tuesday, PennDOT will ban empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), 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 the Maryland line to the New York State line.
• I-84 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New York State line.
• I-380 from the junction with Interstate 80 to the junction with Interstate 81.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will also prohibit these vehicles from traveling the northeastern extension between the Lehigh Tunnel and Clarks Summit.
Additionally, all commercial vehicles will be banned on I-380 and I-84 at 8 a.m. on Wednesday within Pennsylvania.
Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm.
Due to the snow expected to be at its heaviest on Wednesday, PennDOT is moving five plow trucks and two graders along with 18 employees into Pike County to address any issues on Interstate 84, as well as 20 plow trucks and two graders along with 46 employees to address any issues on Interstates 80, 380, and Route 33 in Monroe County and the Lehigh Valley.
Two heavy duty tow trucks are also being placed along I-84 in Pike County and one heavy duty tow truck in each of Luzerne and Lackawanna counties to deal with any issues on Interstates 80 and 81.
If traveling during this weather, make sure to have a full tank of gas, pack an emergency kit that has non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel, and warm clothes.
“I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone to heed weather forecasts, listen to directions from emergency officials, and plan accordingly,” Governor Wolf said.