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Winter weather causing PA Turnpike to impose truck/trailer ban

Restrictions on certain trucks and trailers will start at 8 p.m. Tuesday

MIDDLETOWN, PA (WBRE/WYOU) - Due to the incoming winter storm, the PA Turnpike will impose a ban on certain types of trucks, RVs, and trailers starting at 8:00p.m. on Tuesday.

The vehicles that are affected by the restriction are:

  • empty straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles, or RVs

The vehicles listed above will be prohibited from traveling on the PA Turnpike's east-west mainline from Ohio to New Jersey and on the entire Northeastern Extension. The ban starts at 8:00p.m. Tuesday and will remain in place through the storm.

The PA Turnpike will also temporarily lower the speed limit on some parts of its system. Speeds are now reduced to 45 mph on the east-west mainline (I-70/76) from the New Stanton Interchange (#75) to the Breezewood Interchange (#161).

PennDOT is also imposing a ban on certain trucks and trailers. As of 8:00p.m. Tuesday, empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, tractors hauling double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, pick-up trucks, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, will not be allowed to travel on:

  • Interstate 76 across the state, which includes the Schuylkill Expressway and the East-West Turnpike mainline.
  • Interstates 276 and 476, a portion of the mainline Turnpike in southeastern Pennsylvania and the entire Northeastern Extension.
  • Interstate 176 (entire length)
  • Interstate 95 (entire length)
  • Interstate 78 (entire length)
  • Interstate 80 from the New Jersey line to the junction with Interstate 81.
  • Interstate 81 from the Maryland line to the junction with Interstate 80.
  • Interstate 99 (entire length)
  • Interstate 79 from the Turnpike to Interstate 80.

In addition, also beginning at 8 PM, PennDOT is issuing a full ban on commercial vehicles. These vehicles will not be able to use:

  • Interstate 70, from the Maryland line to the Turnpike.
  • Interstate 83 (entire length)
  • Interstate 84 (entire length)
  • Interstate 380 (entire length)

 

 


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