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Winter

Yellow PennDOT plow driving in heavy snow. 

PennDOT wants to keep people moving — when they want, where they want. The reality, though, is Pennsylvania sees some tough weather conditions — especially in winter — that can wreak havoc even against the best-laid plans.

PennDOT still understands winter services are the measure we are judged by, and our commitment to you this year and every year is that we will be prepared and dedicated to keeping roads open and passable during every storm.

Please use the information on these pages to learn the details of our approach to winter, and how we maintain nearly 40,000 miles of roads and 25,000 bridges statewide — which translates into nearly 94,000 snow-lane miles, or enough to circle the globe nearly four times.

We ask that you also do your part in winter. Be mindful of winter weather forecasts, and consider changing long-distance travel plans or taking needed supplies if you must travel far in storms. Regardless of whether there’s snow on the ground, you can take steps now to prepare yourself for all that winter brings.

Winter Survey Results

PennDOT still understands winter services are a measure we are judged by, and our commitment to you this year and every year is that we will be prepared and dedicated to keeping roads open and passable during every storm.

In early 2019, we surveyed Pennsylvanians on their perceptions of winter travel, their expectations, and feedback on our services. Nearly 6,000 people took our online, statewide survey and here is what they said: 


       



       



       





       

      About 59% said they always travel during inclement weather. Only 7.5% say they rarely or never do.



      About 53% expect roads to be safe and passable within 1 to 4 hours from the start of a storm.



      Regarding our performance, about 51% rate our Interstate performance as "Good" or better, compared to 37% for traffic routes (ex: Rt. 6, Rt. 22), and 22% for secondary roads.



      37% said they use 511PA.com or the 511PA app for winter road conditions, however nearly 52% said they do not use the traveler information website or app.

      Visit www.511PA.com or download the free app for roadway alerts, traffic cameras and more.