UPDATE: I-80 Re-Opens Following Crash; Inclement Weather Forces PennDOT to Reduce Speed Limit

state_policeA 45-mile-per-hour speed limit restriction is in place on Interstate 80 due to inclement weather conditions.

The restriction affects the following portions of the roadway:

– Eastbound from Exit 45 (PA 478 St Petersburg/Emlenton) in Clarion County; and Exit 97 (US 219 – Dubos/Brockway) in Clearfield County

– Westbound between Exit 97 (US 219 – Dubois/Brockway) in Clearfield County; and Exit 45 (PA 478 – Emlenton/St Petersburg) in Clarion County

A closure was in place on Interstate 80 Westbound between Exit 97 (US 219 – Dubois/Brockway) in Clearfield County and Exit 90 (PA 830 East – Dubois Reginal Airport). The roadway is now open.

When winter weather is occurring, PennDOT asks drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.

When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.

Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.

Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.

Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway 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 770 traffic cameras.

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