PennDOT bans certain vehicles from roadways during storm

Multiple crews will be near interstates assisting

Gov. Tom Wolf and state agencies have said they prepared an aggressive plan to handle Wednesday's storm. 

Beginning Tuesday at midnight, PennDOT imposed a ban on empty straight trucks, double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles and RVs as a way to reduce road disruptions. 

These vehicles are banned on:

  • I-78, from I-81 in Lebanon County to the New Jersey line
  • I-80, from I-81 to the New Jersey line
  • I-81, from the Maryland line to the New York state line
  • I-84, from I-81 to the New York state line
  • I-380 from I-80 to the junction with I-81 

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is also prohibiting these vehicles from traveling the Northeastern Extension between Lehigh Tunnel and Clarks Summit. 

Restrictions will remain in place as long as needed throughout the storm, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Wolf.

Officials say PennDOT is moving five plow trucks and two graders into Pike County and 20 plow trucks and two graders will be available to handle any issues on I-80, I-380 and Route 33 in Monroe County and the Lehigh Valley. Heavy duty tow trucks will also be placed along main Interstates.

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