LOCK HAVEN – Due to harsh winter conditions, PennDOT is temporarily lowering the speed limit on Interstates 80 and 99 in the North Central region. Commercial vehicles are restricted to the right lane only.
PennDOT urges motorists to avoid non-essential travel but those who must go outside will see speeds of as little as 45 mph on the following highways:
Interstate 80 in Clearfield, Central and Clinton counties.
Interstate 99 in Center County, Blair and Bedford counties.
Additionally, Interstate 80 westbound in Clearfield County is currently closed between Exit 147/Snowshoe and Exit 133/Kellertown due to multiple vehicle accidents. PennDOT will release updates as necessary.
Although the PennDOT crews were tackling the roads, the department’s primary goal was to keep the roads impassable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue treating roads for the duration of the storm until the rain stops and the roads are clear.
While PennDOT recommends against travel during winter storms, motorists can check conditions over 40,000 miles on the road, including color-coded winter conditions over 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. Free and available 24 hours a day, 511PA provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to over 1,000 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through the smartphone app for iPhone and Android, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.
The department also requires 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 sawing over winter material.
PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. The basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, a blanket, a small shovel, and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider the special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medicines and pack them accordingly.
More information on how to prepare for any type of emergency, including free downloadable checklists for items to keep in your home, car, and at work, and specific information for people with access and functional or pet needs, is available on the webpage. Ready PA.
For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT deals with winter storms, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.