Heads up: Pennsylvania decreases speed limit on truck route

| 1/10/2006

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reducing the speed limit for trucks on state Route 16 between Blue Ridge Summit, PA, and Rouzerville, PA, from 55 mph to 40 mph.

The Record Herald of Waynesboro, PA, reported that the speed-limit change, which will go into effect by mid-February, applies only to vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds.

The area will also be posted as a reduced gear zone. Speed limit signs will be put in place on the route by February.

The Record Herald reported that the change came after a resident expressed concern about trucks driving at unsafe speeds down the incline on the route.

A PennDOT study found that trucks make up 5 percent of the traffic along the route and that there were two truck-related accidents reported between 1999 and 2004 on that part of the road.