CLEARFIELD – Due to high winds and blowing snow, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is temporarily reducing the speed limit on a section of I-80 in Clinton County.
PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speed reduced to 45 mph on I-80 from mile-marker 174 near Lamar to mile-marker 197 near the Clinton/Union County line. This speed restriction will be in place through 4 P.M. today and will be displayed on message boards along this section of I-80.
Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, 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.
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 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 accessible on the 511PA website.
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.
For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.
For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.