PennDOT proclaims velocity restrict reductions resulting from approaching winter climate

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | As a result of severity of the winter storm, Pennsylvania Division of Transportation (PennDOT) introduced it’s quickly decreasing the velocity restrict on a number of roadways within the east central PennDOT District 5 area that features Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.

PennDOT is urging motorists to keep away from pointless journey however those that should head out will see speeds diminished to 45 mph on the next highways:

  • Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties
  • Interstate 80 in Carbon and Monroe counties
  • Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County
  • Interstate 176 in Berk County
  • Interstate 380 in Monroe County
  • US 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties
  • US 222 in Berks and Lehigh counties
  • US 422 in Berks County
  • PA 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties
  • PA 309 in Lehigh County

As well as, officers say Tier 4 and Tier 1 automobile restrictions are in place on the next interstates and expressways throughout east-central and southeast Pennsylvania.

Tier 4 automobile restrictions embody:

  • Interstate 80 in Monroe and Carbon counties
  • Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County
  • Interstate 380 in Monroe County
  • PA 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties

On roadways with Stage 4 restrictions in place, no industrial autos are permitted, officers say. Moreover, all faculty buses, industrial buses, motor coaches, bikes, RVs/motorhomes and passenger autos (automobiles, SUVs, pickup vans, and many others.) towing trailers aren’t permitted on affected roadways whereas restrictions are in place.

Tier 1 automobile restrictions embody:

  • Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties
  • US 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties

Underneath Tier 1 restrictions, PennDOT says the next autos aren’t permitted on affected roadways:

  • Tractors with out trailers
  • Tractors towing unloaded or frivolously loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers
  • Tractors towing unloaded or frivolously loaded tandem trailers
  • Enclosed cargo supply vans that meet the definition of a CMV
  • Passenger autos (automobiles, SUV’s, pickup vans, and many others.) towing trailers
  • Leisure autos/motorhomes
  • College buses, industrial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Gadgets (ATD’s)
  • Bikes.
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The aim of the restriction is to assist make sure the interstates stay open throughout essentially the most difficult situations of the winter storm, authorities say. When situations enhance, PennDOT will take away the journey restrictions.

Restrictions will likely be communicated by way of variable message boards, the 511PA traveler data web site at and smartphone apps.

Motorists may join alerts on the web site.

Though PennDOT crews will likely be treating roadways, the division says its main objective is to maintain roads satisfactory, not fully freed from ice and snow.

PennDOT says it would proceed to deal with roadways all through the storm till precipitation stops and roads are clear.

The division additionally asks motorists to permit loads of house when driving close to plow vans. Additionally, for their very own security and the protection of plow operators, motorists ought to by no means try to move a truck whereas it’s plowing or spreading winter supplies.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency package for his or her autos. A primary package ought to embody non-perishable meals, water, blanket, small shovel and heat garments. 

When making ready an emergency package, motorists ought to take into consideration particular wants of passengers equivalent to child meals, pet provides or drugs and pack accordingly.

Extra details about easy methods to put together for any kind of emergency, together with free downloadable checklists of things to maintain in your house, automotive, and at work, and particular data for individuals with entry and useful wants or pets, is obtainable on the Prepared PA webpage.

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For extra winter driving ideas and knowledge on how PennDOT treats winter storms, go to on-line.