Pennsylvania will operate under a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency as Winter Storm Stella moves through the state starting this evening and into late Tuesday.
As part of this response, speed limits will be lowered on interstates as well as on some large commercial vehicular travel.
Beginning at 10 p.m., a 45 mph speed limit will apply on Interstates 70, 76, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84, 283, 176, 180, 476 and 380; in addition, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will have the same restrictions from the Bedford Interchange east to New Jersey and on the entire northeastern extension. Tandem truck trailers, empty trailers, towed trailers, buses, recreational vehicles and motorcycles will be banned on the same roads.
All of PennDOT’s 11 regions will go on round-the-clock duty beginning Monday evening. PennDOT has 4,800 equipment operators, more than 2,000 plow trucks and 49 industrial snow blowers.
PennDOT will redeploy assets to eastern Pennsylvania, where the brunt of the storm is forecast to hit. Three Mobile Equipment Teams will be dispatched. Each team consists of five plow trucks, 10 equipment operators and one supervisor. This is in addition to the regular personnel and equipment already assigned to eastern Pennsylvania on an ongoing basis.
In the event travel is absolutely necessary, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting 511PA.com. PennDOT's Automated Vehicle Locator plow tracking tool is available for all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks, with vehicle locations
viewable on 511PA.
In the interest of safety for the greater good and to allow the plow truck drivers to work, limit individual travel during the storm...please!