Uniontown, PA – Due to the severity of the winter storm, PennDOT is
temporarily restricting certain vehicles on Interstate 70 and Interstate 79 in
Vehicle restrictions reflect Tier 2 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle
restriction plan, and are in effect
on the following roadways:
Under Tier 2 restrictions,
the following vehicles are not permitted on affected
towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank
towing loaded tandem trailers unless there are chains or another approved
Alternate Traction Device on board;
cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV;
vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers;
buses, commercial buses, and motor coaches; and
commercial buses, and motor coaches; and
The purpose of the restriction is to help ensure the
interstates remain open during the most challenging conditions of the winter
storm. When conditions improve, PennDOT will remove the travel restrictions.
Restrictions will be communicated via variable message
boards, the 511PA traveler information website at www.511PA.com
apps. Motorists can also sign up for alerts on the website.
Although PennDOT crews are treating roadways, the
department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice
and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until
precipitation stops and roads are clear.
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter
storms, 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 1,000 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.
For more winter driving tips and information on how
PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.penndot.gov/winter.
Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic
alerts in Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties at https://www.penndot.gov/RegionalOffices/district-12/Pages/default.aspx
Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pittsburghpenndot
MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Maczko, 724-439-7340
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