Officers Warn Drivers To Keep Out Of Roads, USPS Asks Residents To Clear Sidewalks On Sunday – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Ahead of a winter weather report slated to begin late in the evening in southwest Pennsylvania, various officials are urging residents to be aware of conditions outside.

“Under these conditions we encourage the drivers to stay at home if possible. When residents need to drive, we urge them to slow down, avoid sudden stops, increase the distance and look for slippery spots, especially bridges and ramps, “said a public works spokesman for Allegheny County .

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PennDOT advises motorists to stay away from the roads unless travel is strictly necessary.

Starting on Sunday, January 31st at 12:00 noon, PennDOT is anticipated to have Tier 1 traffic restrictions in effect throughout Pennsylvania, including along I-70 from both directions to the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76 to the Maryland state line.

These are the types of vehicles that would be affected by the restrictions and would not be able to travel on the roads listed by PennDOT:

  • Tractors without trailers;
  • Tractors pulling unloaded or lightly loaded closed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;
  • Tractors pulling unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers;
  • Closed cargo delivery vans that meet the definition of a CMV;
  • Passenger cars (cars, SUVs, pickups, etc.) pulling trailers;
  • Recreational vehicles / mobile homes;
  • School buses, commercial buses, and coaches that do not wear chains or ATDs (alternate traction devices); and
  • Motorcycles.

For those who need to travel, PennDOT urges that extreme caution be exercised to reduce their speed and watch out for icy roads and fast winds. They also ask drivers to follow PennDOT’s instructions on how to drive around a snowplow in case one is on the roads nearby.

The city of Pittsburgh advised caution on steep and narrow streets and plans to send trucks on the streets this evening, Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

USPS officials are urging residents to clear their mailboxes, sidewalks, and steps of ice and snow to keep postal workers safe.

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