Speed Limit Restored on Interstate 80

File_000CLARION COUNTY, Pa. (EYT) – PennDOT has lifted the speed limit restriction that was in place on Interstate 80 in Clarion County.

Due to the winter storm impacting the area earlier this morning, the speed limit was reduced to 45 mph on I-80 eastbound and westbound from the St. Petersburg/45 interchange to the Corsica/73 interchange in Clarion County.

PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear.

PennDOT Public Information Officer Deborah Casadei told exploreClarion.com that the speed limit reduction was put in place after heavy snow squalls and white caused multiple accidents in the area.

“It becomes very challenging at times and you want everyone to be driving at a safe speed,” said Casadei. “We encourage everyone to go to 511PA.com to stay up to date on the weather and traffic conditions.”

511PA.com is 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.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

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.

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