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Tier 1 Restrictions on Several Roads in East Central PA


PennDOT is advising motorists to avoid unnecessary travel during the winter storm today. Additionally, speed and vehicle restrictions have been implemented on several roads in east central Pennsylvania. 
A Tier 1 vehicle restriction is in place as of 11:00 AM today in accordance with the commonwealth's weather event vehicle restriction plan on the following roadways:

I-80 in Carbon and Monroe counties;
I-81 in Schuylkill County; and
I-380 in Monroe County.
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 unloaded or lightly loaded cargo delivery trucks/box 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; and 
There is also a 45 mph speed reduction on I-380 in Monroe County.

On roadways with speed restrictions, commercial vehicles not affected by restrictions on these or other roadways must move to the right lane.

Although PennDOT crews have been 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 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. 

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. 

More information about how to prepare for any type of emergency, including free downloadable checklists of items to keep in your home, car, and at work, and specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, is available on the Ready PA webpage. 

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit  

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties at 
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MEDIA CONTACTS: Ronald J. Young, Jr., M.P.A., 610-871-4555,; Sean Brown, 610-871-4556, 

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