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Speed limit restrictions lifted by PennDOT

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 03 2014 04:51:27 PM CST
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

PennDOT has lifted all speed limit restrictions that were in place on roadways in the region because of Monday's snowstorm.

Due to the winter storm impacting the region, speed limits were reduced earlier Monday to 45 mph on all interstates and several other routes in the region.

But now all speeds have been restored to their usual posted limits.

PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear.

The department 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.

Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting the 511PA website.

That site provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. It site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the reporting network.

Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

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.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit this website.