PennDOT: Slow down on icy roads

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Slow down if you must drive today. Today’s snow and sleet has prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to lower speed limits on some area roads.

A 45 mile-per-hour speed restriction is in place on interstates and other major roads in PennDOT’s South-Central PA District 8 region. The temporary speed limit is in effect on all major roads in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties. 

Commercial vehicles must stay in the right lane while the speed restriction is in place on these roads.

Although PennDOT crews will be treating roadways, motorists should be alert for areas of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways until all roads are clear. Until then, motorists should slow down if they must be out on the road.

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Check out PennDOT’s website

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA. 511PA is free and available 24 hours a day. It 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. Or it can be accessed 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. Motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials. It is a matter of their safety as well as the safety of plow operators.

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.

Downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at Ready PA 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.  Follow PennDOT on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.