Due to extreme weather conditions, PennDOT has reduced the speed limit on several major highways in our area, and part of the eastbound Turnpike is closed.
The Pa. Turnpike Commission and the Pa. State Police have implemented a reduced speed limit of 45 mph across the entire turnpike system.
In addition, there is a tractor trailer ban for all drivers pulling empty trailers and double trailers on the entire turnpike. Tractor trailer drivers are also restricted to the right lane between the Breezewood (#161) and New Stanton (#75) interchanges in both directions.
Also, due to an earlier fatal accident involving three tractor trailers near milepost 238 eastbound, the Pa. Turnpike is closed in both directions between Gettysburg Pike (#236) and Harrisburg West (#242) until the accident scene is clear and the State Police finish their investigation.
The accident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday night and one driver was killed.
PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but if you must head out, speeds are reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:
Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties
US 1, in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties
PA Route 63, in Montgomery and Bucks counties
PA Route 309, in Montgomery and Lehigh counties
US 422, in Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties
Interstate 70 in Fulton, Bedford, Westmoreland and Washington counties
Interstate 78 in Lebanon County,
Interstate 81 from Schuylkill County to the New York State line.
Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties,
Interstate 86 in Erie County
Interstate 90 in Erie County
Interstate 283 in Dauphin County,
US 22 in Lehigh, Northampton, Lebanon, Cambria, Blair, Allegheny and Washington counties
US 30 in Westmoreland counties
US 222 in Lancaster, Berks and Lehigh counties
US 422 in Berks County
PA Route 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties,
PA Route 309 in Lehigh County
US 119 in Fayette and Westmoreland counties
US 219 in Cambria and Somerset counties
Toll Route 43 in Allegheny and Washington counties
US 22/322 in Dauphin and Perry counties
PA Route 581 in Cumberland County
PA Route 283 in Lancaster and Dauphin counties
US 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties
US 11 in Franklin and Cumberland counties
US 11/15 in Cumberland and Perry County counties
US 30 in Lancaster and York counties
US 222 in Lancaster County, between Rt. 30 and Berks County line
PA Route 28, in Allegheny, Butler and Armstrong counties
US 322, in Centre County
US 220, in Clinton County,
US 22/322 in Mifflin and Juniata counties.
Drivers can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 5-1-1 or going to www.511pa.com.
PennDOT 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.
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 winter driving tips, check out PennDOT's website.
For up-to-the minute weather conditions and traffic advisories on the Pa. Turnpike, call 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visit the live travel conditions map.