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PennDOT sets CMV travel restrictions ahead of severe winter storm

In anticipation of a severe winter storm, PennDOT has declared a full commercial motor vehicle (CMV) travel ban on key roadways beginning at 3 a.m., Tuesday, February 13.

The details: A complete CMV restriction, known as Tier 4, will affect:

  • I-80 from Lamar to the New Jersey state line
  • I-81 from I-78 to the New York state line
  • I-84, I-180, and I-380 across their entire lengths
  • PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-80 to Clarks Summit (Exit 130)

Along with this, Tier 2 restrictions starting at the same hour on Tuesday will affect:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76) from New Stanton to Breezewood
  • I-78, I-80 (from I-79 to Lamar), I-99
  • U.S. 22 to the New Jersey state line
  • Route 33 and PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-78 to I-80

Under Tier 2: The following vehicles are banned:

  • Tractors without trailers
  • Tractors hauling various unloaded/lightly loaded trailers
  • Cargo delivery trucks meeting the CMV definition without sufficient load
  • Passenger vehicles towing trailers
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Commercial buses, motor coaches, and motorcycles

Implications: This move to place restrictions is a proactive measure to safeguard both drivers and goods during hazardous weather conditions and prevent disruptions on these vital transportation routes.

Motorists and commercial drivers are encouraged to stay informed and plan accordingly. For updated information on road conditions, travelers can check PennDOT's travel advisory website.

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