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PennDOT: Vehicle restrictions placed on I-80 starting at 6 p.m. tonight

HARRISBURG – Vehicle restrictions will be placed on Interstate 80 beginning at 6 p.m. tonight due to potential icy conditions through much of the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

These Tier 1 restrictions will remain in place until conditions warrant their removal. Additional speed and vehicle restrictions on this and other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions.

The following vehicles will not be permitted on Interstate 80 from Interstate 99 to the Ohio border while the restriction is in place:

– 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 not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATDs).

– Motorcycles.

Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website at www.511pa.com and smartphone apps. Motorists can also sign up for alerts on www.511pa.com by clicking on “Personal Alerts” in the left-hand menu.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel during the storm if possible. But if travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions. Freezing temperatures are expected during this event, so motorists should be aware of blowing and drifting snow, which can cause icy areas on roadways, including overpasses and bridges. With freezing temperatures, roads that only look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at www.PennDOT.gov/safety.

Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and visit the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

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