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PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits on 22, 78

Motorists urged to avoid unnecessary travel as winter storm bears down on Lehigh Valley.

PennDOT has reduced the speed limit on Route 22 and Interstate 78 to 45 mph because of road conditions created by the winter storm that got under way in the Lehigh Valley this afternoon.

The state transportation department is recommending that motorists avoid all unnecessary travel.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can
check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling
5-1-1 or visiting www.511PA.com.

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. 

The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

PennDOT 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.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home
and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. 

Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter
storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

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