HARRISBURG, Pa.– The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has temporarily reduced the speed limit on several major roadways in our area, due to a winter storm.
PennDOT is asking drivers to avoid unnecessary travel, but those who must head out will encounter reduced speeds of 45-miles per hour on the following highways:
- 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
- PA 283 in Dauphin and Lancaster counties
- US 22/322 in Dauphin County and Perry counties
- PA 581 in Cumberland County
- US 11 in Franklin and Cumberland counties
- US 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties
- US 11/15 in Cumberland and Perry County counties
- US 30 in York and Lancaster Counties
- US 222 in Lancaster County, from US 30 to Berks County line
PennDOT crews are treating roadways around the clock, however, the department says its primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.
PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms. However, if you must travel, you can check conditions on major roadways 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 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.
PennDOT also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for your own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.
In addition, 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.