Commercial vehicles have been banned on the entirety of Interstate 78 — from the junction with interstate 81 to the New Jersey state line. PennDOT announced the ban Tuesday night ahead of expected snow in central Pennsylvania. PennDOT defines commercial traffic as the following:
- 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.
Travel restrictions began at 8 p.m. for empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, tractors hauling double trailers, tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, pick-up trucks, motorcycles and recreational vehicles on the following roadways:
- Interstate 76 across the state, which includes the Schuylkill Expressway and the East-West Turnpike mainline
- Interstates 276 and 476, a portion of the mainline Turnpike in southeastern Pennsylvania and the entire Northeastern Extension
- 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
- Interstate 676 in the Philadelphia area
Also at 8 p.m., a full ban on commercial vehicles will be imposed on the following roadways:
- Interstate 70, from the Maryland line to the Turnpike
- Interstate 83 (entire length)
- Interstate 84 (entire length)
- Interstate 380 (entire length)
“Restrictions will remain in place as long as conditions warrant,” according to an email from PennDOT. “As conditions develop, speed restrictions will be considered on these routes. If the forecast changes, PennDOT will quickly review and possibly adjust or lift the restrictions.”