Pennsylvania bans trucks on most highways

Updated Mar 21, 2018
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The latest winter storm pounding the East Coast prompted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to impose some truck travel bans as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

According to a statement from PennDOT, there is a ban on empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, tractors hauling double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles or pick-up trucks, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:

  • Interstate 76 across the state, which includes the Schuylkill Expressway and the East-West Pennsylvania Turnpike mainline
  • Interstates 276 and 476, a portion of the mainline Turnpike in southeastern Pennsylvania and the entire Northeastern Extension
  • Interstate 676 (entire length)
  • Interstate 476 between the Turnpike and Interstate 95
  • Interstate 176 (entire length)
  • Interstate 95 (entire length)
  • Interstate 78 (entire length)
  • Interstate 80 from the New Jersey line to the junction with Interstate 81
  • Interstate 81 from the Maryland line to the junction with Interstate 80
  • Interstate 99 (entire length)
  • Interstate 79 from the Turnpike to Interstate 80

In addition, also beginning at 8 p.m., a full ban on commercial vehicles will be imposed on:

  • Interstate 70, from the Maryland line to the Turnpike.
  • Interstate 83 (entire length)
  • Interstate 84 (entire length)
  • Interstate 380 (entire length)

A commercial vehicle is defined as a vehicle used for commerce and meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 17,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater.
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation.
  • Is a school bus.
  • Is transporting hazardous materials which is required to be placarded in accordance with Department regulations.

Restrictions will remain in place as long as conditions warrant, according to PennDOT.