Motorists strongly urged to stay off roadways in South Central Pa.

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

HARRISBURG — Due to snowy and icy road conditions associated with the current winter storm beginning at 1 p.m. today the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is temporarily reducing speed limits on several south central roadways.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

• Interstate 81in Franklin, Cumberland and Dauphin counties;

• Interstate 83;

• U.S. Route 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties; and

• Route 581.

PennDOT may expand highway restrictions if storm conditions warrant.

Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during intense storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. Regional Twitter pages and personal alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

Travelers who must be on the roadways should be sure that they have an emergency kit packed in 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.

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