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.