As of March 18, 2020:
Pennsylvania DOT has revised restrictions on some rest areas in the state.
Every decision made has been in the interest of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and we are constantly reevaluating our response. That said, we also recognize that drivers need and deserve access to rest areas.
In order to address safety concerns raised, PennDOT has identified 13 of its 30 rest areas that are most utilized by truckers that will be available again by tomorrow. At these locations, PennDOT will be taking down the barricades on some facilities in critical locations and making them available for truck parking. Portable restroom facilities will be available at these locations; each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day. Electronic message signs will be used near the applicable centers to notify drivers near the opened areas. In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we will not be opening any of the indoor facilities because there is no staff to keep them clean and properly sanitized. We will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.
These are the locations:
- I-81: Luzerne NB/SB, Cumberland NB/SB;
- I-80, Venango EB/WB, Centre EB/WB, Montour EB/WB
- I-79: Crawford NB/SB, Allegheny NB only
In addition, restrictions on 17 service plazas are expected to be lifted this Saturday, Mar. 21, to allow access to indoor bathrooms, convenience stores to be open at all hours, and one restaurant at each location to provide take-out meals from 7 am to 6 pm.
As of March 17, 2020:
- All 35 highway rest stops in Pennsylvania are closed.
- Bathrooms and vending machines at these rest stops are closed.
- Parking access at rest stops is also not allowed.