With winter storm Quinlan continuing to affect the area, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is releasing a travel update for select routes in the North Central region. Additionally, PennDOT advises motorists to avoid unnecessary travel in affected areas during the storm.
The following restrictions are in effect as of 7:00 a.m.:
I-80 from I-79 to I-99
I-99 the whole stretch
I-80 from I-99 in New Jersey
On roads with Level 4 restrictions, no commercial vehicles are allowed. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, recreational vehicles/motor homes, and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, vans, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roads while restrictions are in place. square.
45MPH and CMV Rt lane only
I-80 Entire stretch
US-322 from I-99 to Perry County
Additional speed restrictions and right lane restrictions for commercial vehicles will be imposed as needed regionally. PennDOT will provide updates as conditions change.
PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce your speed and be aware of changing weather conditions.
To help make winter travel decisions, motorists are encouraged to “know before you go” by checking conditions for over 40,000 miles of road, including color-coded winter conditions for 2,900 miles, visiting www.511PA.com. The 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to over 1,000 traffic cameras. Users can also view snowplow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.
511PA is also available through a smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1 or by following regional Twitter alerts.
Drivers should prepare or restock their emergency kits with items such as non-perishable food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothing, blanket, cell phone charger and small snow shovel . Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs they or their family have, such as baby supplies, extra medications, and pet supplies.
In winter, drivers should be extra careful when using snow removal equipment. When encountering a snowplow truck, drivers should:
Stay at least six car lengths behind a moving plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
Be alert as snowplow trucks generally move much slower than other vehicles.
When a plow truck is coming towards you, pull as far away from the center of the road as safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the true width of the plow.
Never attempt to pass or stand between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train”. The weight of snow thrown by the plow can quickly cause small vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
Never travel alongside a snow plow truck as there are blind spots where the operator cannot see, and they can sometimes be moved sideways when hitting snowdrifts or heavy snow.
Keep your headlights on to help the driver see your vehicle better. Also remember that Pennsylvania state law requires vehicle lights to be on whenever a vehicle’s windshield wipers are activated due to inclement weather.
Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows there were 301 crashes resulting in four fatalities and 143 injuries on snowy, muddy or icy roads where aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding or reckless lane changes were factors.
For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist, and PennDOT winter operations information, including a video, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional information on winter driving and road safety is available at www.PennDOT.gov/safety.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marla Fannin, 814-360-3013 [email protected]
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