PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on Several Philadelphia Area Roadways

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KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — Due to the severity of the winter storm, PennDOT announced it has temporarily reduced the speed limit on several roadways in the region.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

  • Interstates 76, 95, 295, 476, 676;
  • U.S. Routes 1, 30, 202, 422; and
  • State Routes 63, 100 Spur and 309.

Commercial vehicles must stay in the right lane while the speed restriction is in place on these highways. Speed limits will be reduced on other roads as conditions warrant.

The speed limit restrictions are in addition to the Tier 1 vehicle restrictions that remain in place on the following interstates across the region.

  • I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway): New Jersey state line to PA Turnpike;
  • I-76: PA Turnpike: Reading;
  • I-95: Delaware state line to New Jersey state line;
  • I-95: PA Turnpike: I-276 to New Jersey state line;
  • I-276: PA Turnpike: I-95 connector;
  • I-295: PA Turnpike to New Jersey state line;
  • I-676: I-76 to New Jersey state line;
  • I-476: I-95 to PA Turnpike; and
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid-County to Lehigh Valley.
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Under the Tier 1 vehicle restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

  • Tractors without trailers;
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;
  • Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers;
  • 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 and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s); and
  • Motorcycles.

PennDOT states that the purpose of the restriction is to help ensure the interstates remain open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm. When conditions improve, PennDOT says it will remove the travel restrictions.

Motorists can check current road conditions by visiting the MyChesCo Traffic Center.

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