Monday, February 15, 2021

PennDOT Announces Restrictions on Interstate 81 and Interstate 78


Due to the recent winter storm, PennDOT has updated restrictions on several roadways in in the east central region of Pennsylvania.
As of 9:15pm, Monday, vehicle restrictions are at Tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan on the following roadways:

• Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties;
• Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County;
• Interstate 176 in Berks County;
• Interstate 380 in Monroe County;
• US 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties; and
• PA 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties.

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); and
• Motorcycles.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on these roadways for all vehicles while restrictions are in place, and commercial vehicles not affected by the restrictions must move to the right lane.

Additional restrictions could be added depending on changing conditions.

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