Vehicle restrictions planned for I-86, I-90 later today

I-79 northbound, Erie, PA. Photo by Joel Natalie, TalkErie.com

Due to the severity of the predicted winter storm, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) expects to temporarily close certain vehicles along the entire length of Interstates 86 and 90 in Erie County.

Stage 3 of the Commonwealth Weather Event Vehicle Restriction Plan (PDF) is expected to come into effect from today 19 November at 20:00.

No commercial vehicles are permitted on roads with applicable Tier 3 restrictions EXCEPT loaded single trailers and/or loaded closed cargo delivery/box trucks with tracks or approved alternative traction devices. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, tour buses, motorcycles, RVs/RVs, and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) with trailers are not permitted on affected roads while restrictions are in place.

On these roads, speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph for all vehicles while the vehicle restrictions are in effect, and commercial vehicles unaffected by the restrictions will be required to move into the right lane.

The eastbound Interstate 90 remains closed to all traffic from the I-86 interchange to the New York state line in connection with closures in New York.

The purpose of the restriction is to ensure that the highways remain open during the most severe winter storm conditions. When conditions improve, PennDOT will lift travel restrictions.

Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA travel information website at www.511PA.com and smartphone apps. Drivers can also sign up for notifications on the site.

Although PennDOT crews treat roads, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable and not entirely clear of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roads during the storm until rainfall stops and roads are clear.

Motorists can check major road conditions by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24/7, provides traffic delay alerts, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to 1,000+ traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts on the 511PA website.

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties at www.penndot.pa.gov/District1.

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