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PennDOT, Turnpike lift reduced speed limits on area roads

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 02 2014 05:18:31 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 03 2014 11:33:15 AM CST
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PennDOT has lifted reduced speed limits on major roadways in the region, as of noon Friday.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, speeds on the entire Pennsylvania Turnpike including the Northeast Extension are returning to normal.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reminds drivers to remove all snow and ice from their vehicles before hitting the road, and turn on headlights any time windshield wipers are in use.

The state asks motorists who must drive to allow plenty of space 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.

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.

PennDOT also reminds 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.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511PA.com which is available 24 hours a day.

It 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.

PennDOT offers additional tips and information on winter driving on its website.