ALERT: Big Rig Travel Restrictions in Effect Across Multiple States in Northeast
Albany, NY – Officials in multiple states along the east coast have imposed travel restrictions for certain commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) as a major winter storm is moving across much of the northeast.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a nor’easter is going to dump as much as 18 inches of snow and create near blizzard conditions along parts of the northeast through Tuesday.
Widespread heavy snow of a foot or greater is forecast from Pennsylvania into New England through Tuesday evening making travel almost impossible, NWS said.
In preparation for the storm, on Sunday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) implemented Tier 1 travel restrictions on certain CMVs including: tractors without trailers; tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers; and tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers.
The travel ban on these vehicles is in effect for:
• Interstate 70 in both directions from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) to the Maryland state line;
• The entire length of Interstate 78 in both directions;
• Interstate 80 from Interstate 81 to the New Jersey state line;
• The entire length of Interstate 81 in both directions;
• The entire length of Interstate 83 in both directions;
• The entire length of Interstate 84 in both directions; and
• The entire length of Interstate 380 in both directions.
For all other vehicles, a speed restriction of 45 mph is being enforced, PennDOT said.
Also on Sunday, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency.
Starting Sunday night downstate and continuing through Tuesday evening, New York City, Long Island and the Mid-Hudson regions could see snow totals up to 18 inches and wind gusts up to 60 mph, especially on the eastern end of Long Island.
Other areas upstate are expected to receive a widespread 8 to 16 inches of snow starting tomorrow morning and lasting through Tuesday night.
“Given the expected impacts the storm will have on New York’s transportation system, short and long tandems will be banned on portions of the New York State Thruway effective Monday at 5 a.m,” a statement from Gov. Cuomo’s office said. “Specifically, this includes I-87 from the New York City Line to Exit 24 in Albany, as well as on all of I-95 and I-287.”
A #noreaster will impact travel conditions on most of the Thruway corridor beginning overnight. If you must travel, use extreme caution and plan ahead.
— NYSThruwayAuthority (@NYSThruway) January 31, 2021
Additionally, empty trailers will also be banned on I-87 between Exit 8 to Exit 21A, on the Berkshire Spur and on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
Trailer bans are also being implemented on roadways outside of the Thruway system.
Beginning 5 a.m. Monday, empty trailers and tandem trailers will be banned on I-84 from Pennsylvania state line to Connecticut state line, on Route 17 East of Binghamton to the New Jersey state line, and on the entire length of I-684.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has placed travel restrictions on ALL tractor-trailers and empty straight CDL-weighted trucks (click HERE for vehicle exceptions) along stretches of a number of major interstates.
The CMV travel restrictions began at noon on Sunday and are currently in place for the length of the following highways in both directions:
• I-76, from the Walt Whitman Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to NJ Route 42
• I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
• I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
• I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138
• I-280, from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
• I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
• I-295, from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
• I-676, from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to I-76
• NJ Route 440, from the Outerbridge Crossing to I-287
The restrictions do NOT apply to the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway.
NJDOT advised truckers who are already in the state to pull off into truck stops to wait out the storm.
Further, NJDOT urged all truckers NOT to park on shoulders.
TransportationNation.com will continue to track the latest restrictions.