PA Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Ban on Commercial Vehicles

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has issued a ban on all commercial vehicles on all interstates except I-95 ahead of the weekend’s snow storm. PA Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Ban on Commercial Vehicles

PennDOT, in response to the impending Winter Storm Harper, will be enacting the following restrictions:

  • Full Commercial Vehicle Ban on ALL Interstates except I-95 effective Saturday, Jan. 19 at noon through Sunday Jan. 20 at noon. 
  • 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.
  • Speed Limit Restriction – 45 MPH will occur as conditions warrant throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The upcoming storm is expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through the weekend.

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.

Those states include: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

New York Also Bans Tractor Trailers

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed the New York State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority to ban tractor trailers and buses on the entire Thruway system, with the exception of I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties, and most interstate highways out of an abundance of caution as winter storm Harper will impact travel across the entire state this weekend. The ban will be in effect beginning 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and will last for the duration of the storm.

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