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Highway Restrictions Set Ahead Of Ice Storm

January 7, 2019
Highway Restrictions Set Ahead Of Ice Storm

DUNMORE — With a winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain across the state through Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will impose restrictions on certain trucks and other vehicles and reduce speed limits starting this evening

The restrictions will be in place between 11 p.m. today and 6 a.m. Tuesday and will ban double trailers, empty trailers, non-commercial vehicles pulling trailers, recreational vehicles and motorcycles on these interstates:

n Interstate 80 east of the junction with Interstate 79 to the New Jersey border.

n Interstate 81 north of the junction with Interstate 78 to the New York border.

n Interstates 84, 180 and 380 in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania.

n Interstate 476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike north of the Lehigh Valley exit.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on these interstates while the vehicle restrictions are in place. Additional speed restrictions on other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions. In response to the anticipated storm, PennDOT has applied anti icing materials to many roads across the state and is activating its statewide command center and regional command centers in areas most affected by the storm.

PennDOT is urging motorists to use caution during the icing event and generally reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions. Officials also urge drivers to prepare their vehicles before driving in cold and wintry weather by having a trusted mechanic check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires, and wiper blades, as well as all fluid levels, lights, wiper blades and tires often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

The National Weather Service says parts of the state could see an icy mix of rain and sleet dependent on local conditions, especially north of Interstate 80. While significant accumulations are not anticipated, even light amounts of snow and ice can create hazardous road conditions.

— CLAYTON OVER

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