PennDOT Restores Speed Limits on Interstate 80

| January 30, 2019

VENANGO CO., Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has lifted the temporary speed limits on Interstate 80.

(PHOTO: A lone vehicle travels on an icy roadway. AP Photo/David Zalubowski.)

The speed reduction was set earlier today at 45 mph and extended along Interstate 80 from the Ohio state line to Exit 97 (Route 219 DuBois/Brockway).

PennDOT will continue to monitor the weather as it develops throughout the northwest region and may reinstate the restrictions if needed.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms and extreme weather conditions, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

The department 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.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by downloading the free ReadyPA app for Apple or Android devices. Citizens can also find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the ReadyPA website.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.


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