Travel restrictions issued on several major highways in Pennsylvania during winter storm

PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike have announced vehicle and speed restrictions on state roads because of the winter storm.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on some highways but lifted those restrictions on others:

Allegheny County

  • Interstates 79, 376 (Parkways East and West), 279 (Parkway North), and 579
  • State Route 28

Beaver County

  • Interstate 376 (Beaver Valley Expressway)

Lawrence County

  • Interstates 79 and 376
  • State Route 422

The speed limit has also temporarily been reduced to 45 mph on Interstate 80 from the Ohio state line through Clearfield County.

Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Tier 1 vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways:

Statewide

  • Interstate 70 from the West Virginia border to the PA Turnpike
  • Interstate 76 (PA Turnpike mainline) in both directions from the Breezewood interchange (Exit 161) to the Ohio border
  • The entire length of Interstate 79
  • Interstate 80 from Interstate 99 to the Ohio border
  • The entire length of Interstate 86
  • The entire length of Interstate 90
  • The entire length of Interstate 279
  • The entire length of Interstate 376
  • The entire length of Interstate 579

Under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are NOT permitted on affected roadways:

  • Tractors without trailers
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers
  • Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV
  • Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers
  • Recreational vehicles/motorhomes
  • School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s)
  • Motorcycles