Effective immediately, PennDOT has removed the speed-limit restrictions that were placed on roadways in south central Pennsylvania earlier today (at around 11:30 a.m.) when speed limits were reduced to 45 mph due to winter road conditions. PennDOT has lifted the speed-limit restriction on those following highways in south central Pennsylvania:
- Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon counties,
- Interstate 78 in Lebanon County,
- Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties,
- Interstate 283 in Dauphin County,
- US 22/322 in Dauphin County,
- US 22/322 in Perry County,
- PA 581 in Cumberland County,
- US 11 in Franklin and Cumberland counties,
- US 15 in York and Cumberland counties,
- US 11/15 in Cumberland and Perry County counties.
PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways and monitor roadway conditions.
Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.
PennDOT also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should not attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.
PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.
For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.