PennDOT to Fully Reopen 23 Rest Areas After Demands from Trucking Industry

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is fully reopening 23 of the 30 rest areas it closed last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PennDOT created a firestorm throughout the trucking community when it closed 30 rest areas statewide on March 17.

Transportation Nation Network (TNN) was the first to break the news and it wasn’t long until groups such as the American Trucking Association (ATA), Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA), Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), and Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) expressed outrage over the closures.


The ATA even sent an urgent letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence urging them to help get the rest areas reopened.

PennDOT then reversed course and within 48 hours partially reopened 13 rest areas to allow drivers to park.

However, trucking groups continued to turn up the heat arguing the partial reopenings were “not good enough.”

TNN reported last week that discussions among PennDOT and Trump Administration officials were ongoing to reopen additional locations.


Today, PennDOT announced it was reopening 23 of its 30 locations statewide, including all indoor facilities.

“While unnecessary travel is discouraged as we all do our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we understand that some trips are necessary and that access to rest areas is important,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We are constantly evaluating our actions and services in responding to this emergency and will make adjustments where we can safely do so.”


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PennDOT has not indicated if/when the remaining 7 locations will be reopened.


Below is a list of each location that is reopening.

  • Interstate 79 northbound in Allegheny County, 8 miles north of Exit 45;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Crawford County, 8 miles north of Exit 154;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Crawford County, 3 miles south of Exit 166;
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles north of Exit 105;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Lawrence County, 3.5 miles south of Exit 113
  • Interstate 79 northbound in Mercer County, 5 miles south of Exit 141;
  • Interstate 79 southbound in Mercer County, 6 miles north of Exit 130;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Centre County, 13 miles east of Exit 133;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Centre County, .5 miles west of Exit 147;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Jefferson County, 1 mile east of Exit 86;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Jefferson County, 10 miles west of Exit 97;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles east of Exit 215;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Montour County, 4.5 miles west of Exit 224;
  • Interstate 80 eastbound in Venango County, .5 miles east of Exit 29;
  • Interstate 80 westbound in Venango County, 4 miles west of Exit 35;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Cumberland County, .5 miles north of Exit 37;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Cumberland County, 5.5 miles south of Exit 44;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Lackawanna County, .5 miles north of Exit 202;
  • Interstate 81 northbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles north of Exit 155;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Luzerne County, 1.5 miles south of Exit 159;
  • Interstate 81 southbound in Susquehanna County, 4 miles south of Exit 211;
  • Interstate 84 eastbound in Pike County, 6 miles east of Exit 20; and
  • Interstate 84 westbound in Pike County, 1 mile west of Exit 26.




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