Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Closing Southeast PA Interstates at 2 PM

Feb 10, 2010, 14:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

Blizzard Conditions Impacting Majority of the State

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With travel conditions worsening dramatically in southeast Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell said the non-toll portions of four interstates will close at 2 p.m. today.

The Governor said the affected highways include the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), I-476, I-176, and I-676.

"Other than emergency responders, no one should be driving on Pennsylvania's highways today," Governor Rendell said. "This is a serious storm that will jeopardize the safety of anyone who attempts to travel."

Earlier today, the Governor announced the closure of I-81 from the Maryland border to I-80, and all of interstates 83 and 78. In addition, PA 581 has been closed in both directions.

It is important that people only call 911 in an emergency. Do not call for any other reason.

The Governor said PennDOT crews are continuing to treat roadways to keep them passable for emergency crews only. The agency will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency reminds you that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA.

Media contact: Steve Chizmar, 717-319-7638

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor