As challenging winter weather continues through the area, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is providing another update for speed restrictions in the north central region.
PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see
speeds reduced to 45 mph and commercial vehicles must move to the right lane on the following roads:
- Interstate 80 from mile-marker 97/Falls Creek in Clearfield County to exit 212/Interstate 180;
- Interstate I-99 from the PA Turnpike to I-80 in Centre County;
- Route 322 from the village of Potters Mills in Centre County through Juniata County;
Additional restrictions on other roads could be added through the day depending on changing conditions. The purpose of the restriction is to help ensure that roads remain open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm. When conditions improve, PennDOT will remove the travel restrictions.
Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s 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.
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, 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 website.
The department 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 never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.