Big Rig Travel Bans Continue to Mount as Nor’easter Buries Northeast
— UPDATE —
Travel restrictions on big rigs in NY, RI and CT have been lifted.
Albany, NY – Travel restrictions for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are mounting as the nor’easter continues to move across much of the northeast.
On Monday, northeastern states saw massive snowfall totals as high as two feet in some areas.
Snowfall reports as of 8 pm Monday and the highest totals by state so far:
NJ – Mendham 30″
PA – Whitehall Twp 23.5″
NY – Spring Valley 21″
MD – Sabillasville 19″
CT – Bridgeport 15.2″
MA – Sheffield 10.6″
RI – West Greenwich 9″
NH – New Ipswich 2.8″ pic.twitter.com/yxhLEn6jah
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) February 2, 2021
A growing number of northeastern states are currently enforcing travel restrictions for certain CMVs and also restricting speeds for all motorists to 45 mph.
In Massachusetts, the DOT has implemented a ban on ALL big rigs from traveling on state roads.
REMINDER: Due to inclement weather, MassDOT has implemented a tractor trailer and tandem trailer travel ban on all state roads at 10 a.m. today, ending at 12 a.m. Tuesday, February 2.
— Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) February 1, 2021
That ban has since been extended until 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo also issued an order banning ALL tractor-trailers, except those carrying emergency supplies, from traveling on the State’s roadways.
The ban is in effect “until further notice.”
After announcing a series of CMV travel restrictions on Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has now issued a ban on ALL big rigs (loaded, empty, or bobtail) along the Empire State’s entire I-84 corridor between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut state lines.
“Governor Cuomo’s announcement complements commercial vehicle bans already in place in these neighboring states, and the ban will be lifted in coordination with Pennsylvania and Connecticut as conditions permit,” a statement from his office said.
CTDOT also issued the same ban along I-84.
Important note from our neighbors…and remember, as of 5 am this morning, ALL tractor trailers are banned on I-84 in Connecticut. Empty & Tandem Tractor Trailers are banned on I-95 & I-91 through Connecticut as well. https://t.co/ocCkXvhmp4
— Connecticut Department of Transportation (@CTDOTOfficial) February 1, 2021
In addition to this latest measure on I-84, short and long tandems remain banned on portions of the New York State Thruway.
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.
Additionally, empty trailers are banned on I-87 between Exit 8 to Exit 21A, on the Berkshire Spur and on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
Trailer bans have also been implemented on roadways outside of the Thruway system.
Currently, empty trailers and tandem trailers are banned on MTA bridges and tunnels, Port Authority bridges, on Route 17 East of Binghamton to the New Jersey state line, and on the entire length of I-684.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey officials also issued a host of CMV travel restrictions.
In fact, 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.
Click HERE to see the full list of impacted roads and vehicle types.
Hundreds of accidents as well as disabled vehicles have been reported across these states.
TransportationNation.com will continue to track it for you.
Photo courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo