PennDOT to Impose Highway Restrictions Thursday

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – With a winter storm forecast for overnight hours Thursday (Jan. 6, 2021) through Friday (Jan. 7) at mid-day, both the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and its Turnpike Commission said they tentatively planned to impose some vehicle restrictions on Philadelphia regional interstate highways.

The restrictions forbid travel by certain types of tractors with and without trailers, selected enclosed cargo delivery trucks, passenger vehicles towing trailers, recreational vehicles and motor homes, school and commercial buses, motor coaches lacking chains or alternate traction devices, and motorcycles.

Restrictions were scheduled to take effect Thursday at 10 p.m. on portions of Interstate 76, 95, 276, 295, 676, 476, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The intent, PennDOT said, is to “ensure the interstates remain open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm. Restrictions will be lifted “when conditions improve,” it added.

PennDOT will continue to treat roadways during the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear, it said. The agency warned, however, that its “primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow.”

It asked drivers to allow plenty of space when near plow trucks. Drivers should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials, it added.

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