Pa. Turnpike banning some trucks, trailers during storm

U.S. & World

(WKBN) – Due to the incoming winter storm, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is banning certain types of trucks, RV and trailers.

The ban starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Vehicle types covered 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 above-listed vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the PA Turnpike’s east-west mainline from Ohio to New Jersey (I-76, 70/76 and 276) and on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476) beginning at 8 p.m. Restrictions will remain in place through the storm.

The restrictions are in place at the following locations:

  • 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 p.m., there was a full ban on commercial vehicles will be imposed on:

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

As storm conditions develop, a comprehensive commercial-vehicle ban and/or speed restrictions could be imposed across significant portions of the PA Turnpike system.

Speeds have also been reduced to 45 mph on the east-west mainline (I-70/76) from the New Stanton Interchange (#75) to the Breezewood Interchange (#161).

Drivers are asked to use caution during severe weather, drive at a safe speed and dial *11 on a mobile phone in the case of an accident on the Turnpike.

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