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PennDOT lifts truck ban, speed restrictions still in place

Staff report

The state Department of Transportation this morning lifted the temporary ban on trucks traveling on major highways of south-central Pennsylvania.

In this photo provided by Michael Watkins, traffic is at a standstill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Bedford, Pa., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.   The Duquesne men's basketball team and Temple University's women's gymnastics team are stuck on the Turnpike due to treacherous weather conditions. A mammoth winter storm crawled up the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, making roads impassable, shutting down mass transit, and bringing Washington and New York City to a standstill. (AP Photo/Michael Watkins via AP)

The restrictions — which had prohibited all double trailers, empty trailers, and tow-behind-trailers from traveling on the interstates and major expressways in the region — was in effect from 8 a.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday.

A 45-mph speed restriction remains in effect on major roads and expressways, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT officials said the department is still treating roadways in the region and will continue until roads are clear.