CONTACT: Carl DeFebo
Phone: 717.645.2265
February 5, 2014
Winter Weather Causes Speed and Trailer Restrictions on Pa. Turnpike

Accident closes Turnpike Between Gettysburg Pike and Harrisburg West.

The Pa. Turnpike Commission and the Pa. State Police have implemented a reduced speed limit of 45 mph across the entire turnpike system. In addition, there is a tractor trailer ban for rigs pulling empty trailers and double trailers on the entire turnpike. Tractor trailer drivers are also restricted to the right lane between the  Breezewood (#161) and New Stanton (#75) interchanges in both directions.

In addition, ice and snow are beginning to cause multiple tree limbs to fall onto the roadway between the Morgantown Exit (#298) and the Valley Forge Exit (#326), and motorists are encouraged to use the left lane only in this area as crews work to remove debris from the right lane.

Also, due to an earlier fatal accident involving three tractor trailers near milepost 238 eastbound, the Pa. Turnpike is closed in both directions between Gettysburg Pike (#236) and Harrisburg West (#242) until State Police finish an investigation. The accident happened around 11 p.m. last night, and one driver was killed. The road in this area is expected to reopen by noon today.

Turnpike travelers can get up-to-date travel information by calling 866-976-8747 or or online at Look for the travel advisories box on the top right of the home page.

UPDATE 10:07AM: Right-lane-only restriction for tractor-trailers on Turnpike from New Stanton to Breezewood is lifted; system-wide ban on empty/double trailers remains.

UPDATE 10:30AM: The 45 MPH speed restriction and empty and double trailer restrictions have been lifted in Districts 1, 2 & 5 (West of Blue Mountain to the Ohio Line, and the Northeast Extension from Lansdale to Clarks Summit).

The speed limit restriction and empty and double trailer restrictions remain in place in Districts 3 & 4 (East of Blue Mountain to the Delaware River Bridge).