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PennDOT reduces speed limits on all Pa. interstates and expressways

February 01, 2011

HARRISBURG — PennDOT has temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 mph on all interstates and other multi-lane limited access roads (expressways) in Pennsylvania as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.


PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm but those who do head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on all interstates and expressways. PennDOT advises motorist to ensure that they have an emergency kit packed in their vehicle and are prepared for the possibility of lengthy delays.

PennDOT's primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting www.511PA.com. The Web site provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras.

The 511 site also provides color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

PennDOT asks motorists who do head out to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

According to PennDOT, a basic emergency 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.

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Downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities can be found on the Web site or the toll-free line.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, go to www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews.

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