PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — PennDOT is urging drivers to limit travel during this storm, ultimately saying stay home and stay off the roads if at all possible. They’re advising motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel during the storm, and they’re also phasing in vehicle restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on certain roadways around the state.
PennDOT began brining the roads Tuesday. It’s all hands on deck right now with more than 400 trucks trying to clear a path for drivers.
Drivers Eyewitness News talked to say it’s definitely touch-and-go out there.
“It’s not that bad right now but I mean, it’s a lot better than in New York. In New York and New Jersey, they have salt trucks to take care of the roads so that’s one good thing. If we were driving upstate, it wouldn’t be like that — upstate New York — but driving down to PA, we’re going to Lancaster, the roads haven’t been that bad,” traveler Terrence McGinley said Wednesday afternoon.
Speed limits will be restricted to 45 miles per hour on roadways like the Pennsylvania Turnpike, while the travel restrictions remain in effect.
▶At 1 pm 12/16/20, the #PATurnpike will implement Tier 1 restrictions.
▶At 4 pm 12/16/20, Tier 3 restrictions will be implemented.
Refer to the below maps & restriction graphics for more info.
— Pennsylvania Turnpike (@PA_Turnpike) December 16, 2020
PennDOT’s salt supply has barely been touched since we saw very little snow last winter. They have 129,000 tons of salt on hand to coat the roads to make sure drivers remain safe.
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