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Contact: Carl DeFebo
Phone: 717.645.2265

December 26, 2012
PA Turnpike Lowers Speed Limit to 45 mph between Blue Mountain, Morgantown Exits

Lower speed limit now in place from Ohio line to Lancaster/Berks counties.
Due to the heavy snow and freezing rain, the 45 mph speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been expanded to include the stretch of toll highway from the Blue Mountain Interchange (Exit #201) eastward to the Morgantown Interchange (Exit #298). A 45 mph speed limit restriction is now in place on nearly 300 miles of the PA Turnpike, from milepost 0 to milepost 298. Motorists should not travel unless it is necessary.

In addition, trucks pulling doubles or empty trailers are still banned from traveling the 86-mile stretch of Turnpike from New Stanton (Exit #75) to Breezewood (Exit #161). The ban includes vehicles pulling, campers, utility and horse trailers.

Tow plows (large plows pulled behind a truck) and plow trains (several plow/salt trucks in a row) continue to operate across the Turnpike system; motorists should say far back from these vehicles. Do not attempt to pass any type of snow plow as road conditions in front are likely unfavorable.

Turnpike motorists will be alerted about any such restrictions via Variable Message Signs, Highway Advisory Radio station 1640 AM, and the Turnpike web site,

Please use caution when traveling in inclement weather. If you must be on the highway in this area, please visit (select the "Traveler Info" menu on the left) or call or the Turnpike travel advisory hotline, 1-866-976-8747, to check conditions before you leave.

Dial *11 to report an emergency on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.