Travel Advisory

    January 23, 2017


PA Turnpike Reduces Speed Between Somerset and Bedford Due to Weather


HARRISBURG, PA (Jan. 23, 2017) — Due to roadway and weather conditions, the PA Turnpike has temporarily lowered the speed limit on the toll road system between Somerset Interchange, Exit 110, and Bedford Interchange, Exit 146. Speeds are now reduced to 45 mph in both directions throughout this section of the PA Turnpike Mainline (I-70/76).                                                                                               

PA Turnpike maintenance crews continue to treat the roadway. During a weather event, 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 protocols:

·         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 “Current Alerts” 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.

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CONTACT: Renee Colborn
Phone: 724.755.5260