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Travel restrictions ordered for Friday due to storm

In anticipation of frozen precipitation and potentially icy road conditions in many areas on Friday, Jan. 1, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel during the upcoming storm that start around noonish. PennDOT plans to implement travel restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on certain roads around the state, which will remain in place until conditions warrant their removal.

Effective at 10 a.m. Jan 1, , vehicle restrictions are implemented reflecting Level 3 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan on the entire length of Interstate 99 in both directions.

Effective at noon Jan. 1, vehicle restrictions are implemented reflecting Level 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan on I-80 from I-79 to I-99.

Also at noon Jan. 1, vehicle restrictions will be implemented reflecting Level 3 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan on I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey border.

And at 2 p.m. Jan. 1, vehicle restrictions reflecting Level 4 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan will be implemented on the following roadways:

In other words, stay off the roads.

Here are the restrictions:

– I-81 north of I-80 in both directions.

– The entire length of I-84 in both directions.

– The entire length of I-380 in both directions.

On roadways with Level 1 restrictions in place (I-80 from I-79 to I-99), the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

– Tractors without trailers.

– Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers.

– Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers.

– Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV.

– Passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers.

– Recreational vehicles/motorhomes.

– School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches, motorcycles.

On roads with Level 3 restrictions in place (I-99, I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey border), no commercial vehicles are permitted EXCEPT loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

On roadways with Level 4 restrictions in place (I-81, 84 and 380 north of I-80), no commercial vehicles are permitted. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on these roads for all vehicles while restrictions are in place, and commercial vehicles not affected by the restrictions must move to the right lane. Additional speed restrictions on other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions.

Icy conditions are expected across the state, and PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if possible.

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