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Saturday, December 14, 2013

PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on I-80 and I-99 and I-180

PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on I-80 and I-99 and I-180

Clearfield – Due to the winter storm gripping the region, PennDOT District 2 is temporarily reducing the speed limit on I-80 in Clearfield, Centre and Clinton counties and on I-99 in Centre County.

I-180 added to 45 MPH speed limit tonight

6:15 p.m. update: The 45 MPH speed limit is now also in effect along the entire length of Interstate 180, which travels through portions of Northumberland and Lycoming counties.

Although PennDOT has crews treating roadways around the clock, the department’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.

Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, 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.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

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.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I guess 45 is better then 65 ,35 would be better yet, I have played in large parking lots on ice when there no was no car in lot. I learn how easy to lose control of your car, don't matter 4 wheel drive or front, rear wheel they all are different acting you have better control act 35 mph then 45, if you start sliding don't aply fill on brakes once wheels lock up you cant control your slid or steer, high speed is reason people have wrecks