45 mph interstate speed limit 2020

UPDATE: as of 1:39 p.m. speed limit restrictions were lifted on the following roadways: 

  1. Interstate 80 – between the Union / Clinton County line and mile marker 212B (Williamsport Exit) in Northumberland County.
  2. Interstate 180 – entire length.

 All speeds are restored to their usual posted limits.

 *There remains a speed restriction on Interstate 80 between mile marker 212B (Williamsport Exit) in Northumberland County and the Columbia / Luzerne County line. Commercial vehicles right (driving) lane only.

PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear.

UPDATE: As of 10:30 a.m. Routes 44 and 54 in Lycoming and Northumberland counties are added to the travel advisory. 

Due to the severity of the winter storm, PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit on certain roadways in the region.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

  • Interstate 80 – between the Ohio state line and Columbia / Luzerne County line. Commercial vehicles right (driving) lane only. (updated)
  • Interstate 180 – entire length. Commercial vehicles right (driving) lane only.

PennDOT advises commercial vehicles and large trucks to avoid travel on the following roadways:

  •  ·         Route 54, Natalie Mountain, between Route 487 in Ralpho Township and Route 61 in Mount Carmel Township, in Northumberland County.
  • ·         Route 44 between Route 554 in Elimsport (Washington Township) and Route 654 in Limestone Township (just south of Jersey Shore) in Lycoming County.

 Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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