PennDOT lifts commercial traffic restrictions on I-81 and I-83

HARRISBURG — With winter weather diminished in south central Pennsylvania, PennDOT has lifted the restrictions on certain commercial traffic on the southern section of Interstate 81.

The restriction was lifted as of 2:30 PM for Interstate 81 between the Maryland line and Interstate 83 in Harrisburg.

The purpose of the restriction was to help ensure the interstate remained open during the winter storm. When conditions improved, PennDOT lifted the travel restrictions for this portion of Interstate 81. As of 6 p.m., the restrictions for Interstate 81 north of Interstate 83 to the New York State line have been lifted.

A similar restriction on Interstate 76 and 276, the mainline East-West turnpike between Harrisburg East and the Mid-County Interchange, Interstate 476, and the entre Northeast Extension, Interstate 476 was lifted by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

The types of vehicles covered by the restriction were:

  • Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers)
  • Tractors hauling empty trailers
  • Trailers pulled by passenger vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Recreational Vehicles, or RVs.