WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – In response to Wednesday’s major winter storm, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are issuing new restrictions on the roadways.
“Your first way that you can help is please stay home. Unless you absolutely have to travel, that’s really the best way you can help,” said Melissa Batula, PennDOT’s Secretary for Highway Administration.
“This is a very large storm for us of course. This is impacting the entire state,” said Batula.
Due to the impact, PennDOT has issued a weather-event vehicle restriction plan.
“We’ve put 45 miles-per-hour speed restrictions on nearly all of our interstates statewide, so that was the first step. And then starting at 1:00 today we started our commercial vehicle restrictions,” said Batula.
If travel is essential, PennDOT is urging motorists to be cautious of plows clearing the roadways.
“We do ask that you allow plenty of space between our plows to really allow them to do their work safely and for your protection,” said Batula.
Further restrictions will be phased-in as the storm progresses.
“We also ask that you make sure you slow down. That’s the other item that we see during these storms. As I said we put those speed restrictions in place and we really need everyone to observe that and just slow down, give yourself time if you must be out,” said Batula.
PennDOT says commercial vehicles not affected by the bans must move to the right lane.
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