Due to the heavy snowfall and projected winter weather for Saturday, PennDOT has issued a ban on all commercial vehicles on all interstates except I-95 from noon Saturday, January 19 until noon Sunday, January 20.
The upcoming storm is expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through the weekend.
The ban will also be imposed on the Turnpike, U.S. 22 in the Lehigh Valley and PA Route 33 in Northampton and Monroe Counties.
The restriction includes all commercial vehicles (loaded and empty), motorcycles, RV/Motorhomes and passenger vehicles pulling trailers.
Additionally, PennDOT will issue a speed limit reduction to 45 MPH throughout the commonwealth as conditions occur. State officials urge all motorists to use caution during the storm and to postpone travel if possible.
The Governor has issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which includes a commercial vehicle ban, in advance of Winter Storm Harvey.
The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has also issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in support of the transport of heating fuel including propane, natural gas, heating oil and other fuel products including gasoline. The following 12 states fall under the declaration; Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The declaration will expire at midnight on Feb. 2.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also suspended hours of service regulations for drivers hauling heating fuel and other essential supplies in 12 midwestern and eastern states in anticipation of the storm.
The declaration includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
New York Also Issues Ban
New York Governor Cuomo also issued a ban effective Saturday at 3 p.m. through the duration of the storm on all tractor trailers and buses on New York State Thruway and most interstate highways. The ban applies to all highways with the exception of I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties.