Due to the winter storm hitting the region, PennDOT is temporarily reducing the speed limit to 45 mph and restricting trucks to the right lane on interstates and expressways in the east central regions of Pennsylvania.
Speed limits are now restricted to 45 mph and commercial vehicles must move to the right lane on the following roadways:
• Interstate 78 in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties;
• Interstate 80 in Carbon and Monroe counties;
• Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County;
• Interstate 176 in Berks County;
• Interstate 380 in Monroe County;
• US 22 in Lehigh and Northampton counties;
• US 222 in Berks and Lehigh counties;
• US 422 in Berks County;
• PA 33 in Monroe and Northampton counties; and
• PA 309 from Interstate 78 to the Bucks County line in Lehigh County.
Additional restrictions on roadways could be added depending on changing conditions.
Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website at www.511PA.com and smartphone apps. Motorists can also sign up for alerts on www.511PA.com by clicking on “Personal Alerts” in the left-hand menu.
To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to "Know Before You Go" by checking 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. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the "Check My Route" tool.
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.
Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties at www.penndot.gov/District5. Information about infrastructure in District 5, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D5Results.
For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT's winter operations including a video, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at www.PennDOT.gov/safety.
Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews, visit the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation or find the department on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot/.
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