OIL CITY, Pa. (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has lifted the speed restrictions on Interstate 80 and Interstate 376 in Mercer and Venango counties. Vehicle restrictions were lifted on those highways earlier today.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel during wintry weather. Speed reductions of 45 mph remain in place on the following highways:    

  • Interstate 79
  • Interstate 86
  • Interstate 90

On roadways with speed restrictions, commercial vehicles not affected by vehicle restrictions must move to the right lane.

Tier 3 vehicle restrictions remain in place on I-79 in Mercer, Crawford, and Erie counties, and I-86 and I-90 in Erie County. On roadways with Tier 3 restrictions in place, no commercial vehicles are permitted EXCEPT loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices. 

Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, drivers can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, drivers should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds drivers to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, a blanket, a small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, drivers should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.