Due to winter weather conditions, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has temporarily reduced the speed limit on Interstates 79 and 80 in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Mercer counties.
PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph. Commercial vehicle traffic is restricted to use the right lane only during the speed reduction.
The speed reduction is in place for all lanes in the following roadways:
- Interstate 79 – Starting point in Erie County to the Interstate 80 Interchange in Mercer County.
- Interstate 80 – Ohio state line to Exit 97 (Route 219, DuBois/Brockway) in Clearfield County.
Interstate 80 eastbound is closed from Exit 24 (Route 173, Grove City/Sandy Lake) to Exit 29 (Route 8, Barkeyville/Franklin) due to a tractor-trailer crash.
Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable. Roadways will not completely free of ice and snow while a winter storm event is happening. 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 950 traffic cameras.
The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.
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