Pennsylvania imposes a travel ban on trucks due to a major winter storm


Pennsylvania traffic officials are expected to impose a number of travel restrictions on Wednesday afternoon in light of winter weather events.

A severe snowstorm hits Pennsylvania on Wednesday morning, bringing more than a snowfall in some areas.

In preparation for the nor’easter, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are urging drivers to avoid unnecessary travel.

PennDOT and PTC also plan to start restricting truck travel on certain roads from 1 p.m. on Wednesday. At that time, level 1 vehicle restrictions will be implemented on the following roads:

  • All north and south miles of Route 33
  • Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) from the Pennsylvania Bend to State 95
  • All east and west miles of the 78 state
  • State 80 from State 99 to the New Jersey border
  • All the northern and southern miles of the 81 state
  • All the northern and southern miles of the 83 state
  • All east and west miles of the 84 state
  • Interstate 95 from the Delaware border to the New Jersey border
  • All east and west miles of the 283 state
  • All the northern and southern miles of the 380 state
  • No. 476 State from Pennsylvania Bend to State 95
  • All east and west miles of the 676 state
  • All northern and southern miles of the 295 state
  • Miles east and west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Breezewood Junction to the New Jersey border
  • All miles north and south on the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 476) from State 76 to the Clark Summit

Vehicles that are not permitted on restricted roads when Level 1 vehicle restrictions apply include:

  • Tractors without trailers
  • Tractors towing unladen or slightly laden closed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers
  • Tractors towing unladen or lightly loaded tandem trailers
  • Closed cargo trucks that meet the definition of CMV
  • Passenger cars towing trailers (cars, SUVs, vans, etc.)
  • Recreational vehicles / motorhomes
  • School buses, commercial buses and coaches
  • motorcycles.

In addition, from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, PennDOT and PTC will begin commencing Level 3 vehicle restrictions on certain roads. Under level 3 vehicle restrictions no commercial vehicle is permitted, EXCEPT approved trailers with chains or approved alternative towing devices. In addition, not all school buses, commercial buses, coaches, motorcycles, RVs and caravans towing trailers are allowed on restricted roads.

At 4 pm, restrictions on Level 3 vehicles will be introduced on the following roads:

  • All north and south miles of Route 33
  • All east and west miles of the 78 state
  • State 80 from State 99 to the New Jersey border
  • All the northern and southern miles of the 81 state
  • All the northern and southern miles of the 83 state
  • All east and west miles of the 84 state
  • All east and west miles of the 283 state
  • All the northern and southern miles of the 380 state
  • No. 476 State from Pennsylvania Bend to State 95
  • Miles east and west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Breezewood Junction to the New Jersey border
  • All miles north and south on the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 476) from State 76 to the Clark Summit

In addition, a speed limit of 45 mph will be introduced on all affected roads. All commercial vehicles that are not affected by the travel ban must be in the right lane.

“While PA Turnpike’s turnover will fall by about 30% due to the epidemic, we know that critical commercial traffic will continue during this time, even in severe weather,” said Mark Compton, CEO of PA Turnpike. “If you need to travel before you leave, be sure to download the 511PA smartphone app for real-time, hands-free PA traffic advice. Speed ​​limits and vehicle bans are widely used during the storm, and you want to be kept fully informed of any changes.