Road advice from PennDOT, NJDOT officials

Antionette Lee
January 20, 2019 - 10:03 am
As it gets colder, wet roads may create problems for drivers.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As it gets colder, wet roads may create problems for drivers.

"The forecast is for temperatures to plummet later this evening and late this afternoon, black ice and slick roadways are definitely a concern," said the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Steve Shapiro. 

He says the roads are generally good and they have been able to scale back crews over the night. 

"The commercial vehicle travel restriction has been lifted with the exception of interstate 287 Northbound," he added. 

Rich Kirkpatrick from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says they've also been able to scale back for the moment. 

"Our crews continue to be out there salting the roads and trying to prepare for that flash freeze that's expected later today," Kirkpatrick said. 

Rain is expected to be followed by strong winds and freezing temperatures, causing those wet surfaces to ice over. Although speed restrictions in South Central Pennsylvania have been lifted, Kirkpatrick still urges people to drive with extreme caution.