The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 13, 2014

Turnpike expands travel restrictions

Trucks limited to right lane in some areas.

For The Tribune-Democrat

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is expanding the speed-limit restriction of 45 mph for all drivers traveling between New Stanton Interchange (Exit 75) and the Delaware River Bridge (Exit 359) as well as the entire Northeastern Extension from Mid County Interchange (Exit 20) to Clarks Summit (Exit 131).

The commission is also expanding its temporary tractor-trailer ban for drivers pulling empty and double trailers from New Stanton Interchange to the Delaware River Bridge as well as the entire Northeastern Extension. This also includes non-commercial or recreational trailers being pulled by passenger vehicles, including utility or cargo trailers, horse and other livestock trailers and trailers for boats, snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles.

Trucks are also being restricted to the right lane of travel in both directions between New Stanton Interchange and Fort Littleton Interchange (Exit  180).

The truck and speed restrictions will stay in place through the duration of the storm.

The storm will be dumping snow at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour causing low visibility and possible white-out conditions until 3 p.m. today. Some isolated areas may experience 3 to 4 inches of snow per hour. Extra maintenance crews and Pennsylvania State Police patrols are on duty across the turnpike. They will be clearing the roadway and assisting motorists as needed. For safety reasons, drivers should not pass plow trucks clearing the roadway.