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Snow emergency in borough lifted; plenty of travel restrictions on turnpike and interstates

Posted 3/7/18

A snow emergency that was in effect starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday in the borough of Middletown was lifted at about 8:25 a.m. when anticipated snow did not develop.

For other travelers, the …

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Snow emergency in borough lifted; plenty of travel restrictions on turnpike and interstates

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A snow emergency that was in effect starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday in the borough of Middletown was lifted at about 8:25 a.m. when anticipated snow did not develop.

For other travelers, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has imposed a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:

• Interstate 78 from the junction with Interstate 81 in Lebanon County to the New Jersey line.

• I-80 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New Jersey line.

• I-81 from the Maryland line to the New York State line.

• I-84 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New York State line.

• I-380 from the junction with Interstate 80 to the junction with Interstate 81.

Additionally, all commercial vehicles are banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania. That started at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Restrictions will remain in place “as long as warranted through the storm,” according to PennDOT.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has imposed a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles on the entire 111-mile Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) from Mid-County (No. 20) to Clarks Summit (No. 131) and on a 112-mile section of the east-west mainline (Interstate 76 and 276) from Harrisburg East (No. 247) east to the Delaware River Bridge (No. 359).

If warranted, restrictions will remain in place through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered.

While driving on the turnpike in severe weather, motorists are advised to follow these protocols:

• Always travel at a safe speed for conditions, no matter what the posted limit is.

• Allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks.

• Never pass a truck that is actively plowing or spreading salt.

In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, turnpike motorists should dial *11 on a mobile phone. Be prepared to give the milepost location and direction of travel and move vehicles out of active travel lanes if possible.

While the turnpike discourages traveling during winter storms, motorists can check turnpike conditions before heading out at www.paturnpike.com.