Carl DeFebo
Phone: 717.831.7176
Mobile: 717.645.2265

February 15, 2016


PA Turnpike Reduces Speed Limits on Some Sections Due to Weather

A 45 mph restriction is in place for all vehicles in southeastern PA.


Due to the winter storm, the PA Turnpike has temporarily lowered the speed limit on some parts of its system. Speeds are now reduced to 45 mph on these PA Turnpike sections in Southeastern PA:

  • from Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange (#266) to the Delaware River Bridge (#359) on I-76/I-276; and

  • from Mid-County Interchange (#20) to the Lehigh Valley Interchange (#56) on I-476/Northeastern Extension.

At this time, the Turnpike has NOT restricted any types of commercial vehicles; it may do so depending on conditions. PA Turnpike maintenance crews continue to treat the roadway. During a weather emergency, the objective is to keep roads passable, not totally free of snow or ice. Turnpike crews will continue to treat until precipitation ends and roads are clear.

While driving on the Turnpike in bad weather, motorists are advised to follow these vital proprieties:

  • always travel at a safe speed for conditions, no matter what the posted limit is;

  • allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks; and

  • never pass a truck that is actively plowing or spreading salt.

Before heading out, motorists can check PA Turnpike conditions at www.paturnpike .com; look at the “Active Travel Advisories” ticker at the top for restrictions. While traveling, motorists can use the Turnpike’s smartphone app, TRIP Talk, available for Android and iPhone users. The app senses your direction of travel and location and plays audio advisories to alert you of stoppages or delays ahead. Travelers can also call the toll-free TRIP line at 866-976-TRIP (8747) for the latest travel and toll information.

In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, PA Turnpike motorists should dial *11 on a mobile phone or deploy one of the yellow callboxes on the shoulder. Be prepared to give the milepost location and direction of travel, and move vehicles out of active travel lanes if possible.

During a weather emergency, all vehicles abandoned on the PA Turnpike system —shoulders, medians, ramps etc. — will be towed to accommodate snow removal.

The PA Turnpike reminds motorists to pack a winter emergency kit. A basic kit includes non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider passenger necessities like baby food, pet supplies or medications.

To get tweets about roadway conditions, restrictions or closures, follow the PA Turnpike on Twitter at: @PA_Turnpike.