Due winter weather conditions, PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit on Interstate 80 in Mercer County from the Ohio state line to Exit 19 (Interstate 79 interchange).
PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph.
The westbound lanes remain closed from Exit 15 (Route 19, Mercer) to Exit 4 (Route 760/Route 18, Sharon) as clean up continues following a multi-vehicle 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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