In response to the winter storm impacting the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has implemented vehicle restrictions on numerous major roadways.

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PennDOT warns that additional speed and vehicle restrictions could be added to the existing restrictions depending on the severity of the storm.

What Is a Tier 2 Travel Restriction in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, a Tier 2 restriction means that the following vehicles are NOT allowed to travel on the roads:

  • Tractors without trailers;
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;
  • Tractors towing loaded tandem trailers unless there are chains or another approved Alternate Traction Device on board;
  • Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV;
  • Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV's, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers;
  • Recreational vehicles/motorhomes;
  • School buses, commercial buses, motor coaches; and
  • motorcycles.

What Is a Tier 3 Travel Restriction in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, a Tier 3 restriction means the following are NOT allowed to travel on the roads: absolutely no commercial vehicles are permitted on the road with the exception of loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices.

A Tier 3 restriction also means that no school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs or motorhomes or any type of passenger vehicle whether a car, SUV, truck or so forth towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

Effective until further notice, vehicle restrictions are in place at Tier 2 on the following roadways in Pennsylvania:

  • All interstates north and south of Interstate 80.
  • PA Turnpike I-76 (Mainline) from the Ohio border to Cranberry (Exit 28), and then from the Breezewood (Exit 161) to the New Jersey border, including all western extensions;
  • PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-276 to I-80;
  • U.S. 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey border;
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.
  • I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey border.
  • PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-80 to Clarks Summit.

Effective until further notice, vehicle restrictions are in place at Tier 2 on the following roadways in Pennsylvania:

  • PA Turnpike I-76 from Cranberry (Exit 28) to Breezewood (Exit 161)
  • I-70 east of I-79; and
  • I-79 north of I-80;
  • I-80 from the Ohio border to I-99;
  • The entire length of I-86;
  • The entire length of I-90; and
  • I-99.
  • I-81 north of I-84;
  • I-84; and
  • I-380.

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