Improved road conditions lead to PennDOT lifting speed limit restrictions

Posted: 6:07 AM EST Dec 27, 2012   Updated: 11:09 AM EST Dec 27, 2012

PennDOT has lifted the speed limit restrictions that were in place on several roadways in the region, the department announced Thursday morning.

Due to the winter storm impacting the region, speed limits were reduced Wednesday to 45 mph on interstates and several other routes in the region. The roads listed below are restored to their posted speed limits:

• Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties;

• Interstate 80 in Carbon and Monroe counties;

• Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County;

• Interstate 176 in Berks County;

• Interstate 380 in Monroe County;

• US 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties;

• US 422 in Berks County;

• PA 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties;

• PA 309 between Interstate 78 and Ridgeview Drive in Lehigh County.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has lifted the travel restrictions it implemented Wednesday on more than 350 miles of its mainline. However, the 45 mph speed limit restriction is still in effect on the Northeast Extension from Wilkes-Barre (Exit 105) to Clark Summit (Exit 131) due to snowfall. Commercial vehicles are being permitted to travel this area.