As this week’s severe winter storm moves northeast, PennDOT is lifting vehicle restrictions on Interstate 80 in the north-central region of Pennsylvania.
As of 11 a.m., Level 3 restrictions have been removed for I-80, from the 161/Bellefonte interchange and east through Centre and Clinton counties.
Under Level 3 restrictions, no commercial vehicles are permitted except loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices.
Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.
Level 1 vehicle restrictions have also been lifted on Interstate 80 in Clearfield, Centre and Clinton counties. Under Level 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:
- Tractors without trailers;
- Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;
- Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers;
- Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV;
- Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers;
- Recreational vehicles/motorhomes;
- School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches; and
With vehicle restrictions lifted, the 45-mph speed restriction on most of I-80 has also been lifted in Clearfield, Centre and Clinton counties. An additional speed restriction on I-99 in Centre County was lifted earlier this morning.
The 45-mph restriction remains in place on I-80 eastbound in Clearfield County from mile-marker 97 to mile-marker 133.
Drivers are reminded that I-80 eastbound and westbound remains closed from the 178/Lock Haven interchange to the I-180 interchange in Northumberland County due to a multi-vehicle crash. PennDOT will provide an update on that situation as soon as conditions improve.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com.
511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA Web site.
For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.
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