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Some Vehicle Restrictions Lifted on Interstates in South Central PA

Harrisburg, PA – Some of the vehicle restrictions placed early this morning on interstate highways in the south-central PennDOT District 8 region that includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties have been lifted. 

Tier 3 vehicle restrictions have been removed on Interstate 83 in Cumberland, Dauphin and York counties (entire length). 

Tier 4 vehicle restriction have been removed on Interstate 81 from the Maryland state line in Franklin County to Interstate 83 in Dauphin County.

Tier 4 vehicle restrictions remain in place on Interstate 78 in Lebanon County, and Interstate 81 from Interstate 83 in Dauphin County through Lebanon County to the Schuylkill County line.

On roadways with Tier 4 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan in place, no commercial vehicles are permitted. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

Although PennDOT crews will be treating roadways, motorists should be alert for areas with icy conditions. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways until all roads are clear.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA. 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. 

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.

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. 

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by downloading the free ReadyPA app for Apple or Android devices. Citizens can also find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the ReadyPA website.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit Winter


MEDIA CONTACT: Dave Thompson, 717-418-5018

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