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PennDOT Lowers Speed Limit on Sections of Interstates 80 and 81 to 55 MPH

Harrisburg, PA – In response to heavy rains resulting from the remnants Hurricane Ida, PennDOT has reduced speeds to 55 miles per hour on the following interstates:

  • Interstate 80 between Interstate 99 and the New Jersey border; and
  • Interstate 81 between Route 39 and Interstate 80.

Additional speed restrictions on other roadways may be implemented as the storm progresses.

Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website at and smartphone apps. Motorists can also sign up for alerts on by clicking on "Personal Alerts" in the left-hand menu.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel if possible but anyone planning to travel should closely monitor weather conditions along travel routes. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 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.

PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because even shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water. Never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads – Turn Around, Don't Drown.

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.

More information about how to prepare for any type of emergency, including specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, is available on the Ready PA webpage.

For more information on travel in Pennsylvania, follow PennDOT on Twitter and visit the department on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Campbell, or 717-783-8800

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