Big Rig Travel Bans Imposed in Multiple States Ahead of ‘Blockbuster’ Winter Storm
Trenton, NJ — Officials in multiple states have already begun imposing travel restrictions on commercial vehicles ahead of what is being called a “blockbuster” winter storm expected to hit the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
The National Weather Service currently has more than 75 million people under blizzard and winter storm warnings, along with winter weather advisories.
As travel restrictions begin to pile up, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) will keep you updated on the latest from affected states below.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) was the first state to issue a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) travel ban, which is slated to begin Friday, January 28, at 5 p.m.
The CMV travel restrictions will be in place until further notice for the following roadways in both directions:
• I-76, entire length from the Walt Whitman Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to Route 42
• I-78, entire length from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
• I-80, entire length from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
• I-195, entire length from I-295 to NJ Route 138
• I-280, entire length from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
• I-287, entire length from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
• I-295, entire length from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
• I-676, from the Ben Franklin Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to I-76
• NJ Route 440, from the Outerbridge Crossing to I-287
The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:
• All tractor trailers (exceptions as listed in the Administrative Order)
• Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
• Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
• Recreational vehicles
However, the restrictions DO NOT apply to:
• The New Jersey Turnpike
• The Garden State Parkway
• The Atlantic City Expressway
Governor Phil Murphy issued a State of Emergency, also to go into effect at 5 p.m. Friday.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont Tweeted Friday afternoon his intention to sign an order, implementing a travel ban on all tractor-trailers statewide beginning Saturday, January 29, at 6 a.m.
⚠️Later today I will sign an order implementing a travel ban on all tractor trailers statewide beginning at 6AM on Saturday, January 29, remaining until further notice. We’re coordinating this with our neighboring states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Stay safe!
— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) January 28, 2022
Gov. Lamont indicated neighboring states Massachusetts and Rhode Island would soon do the same.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued a State of Emergency in numerous counties across the State, effective Friday at 8 p.m.
Gov. Hochul stated wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour are expected in various areas of New York during the Nor’easter.
The New York Department of Transportation (NYDOT) will be issuing an advisory speed of 45 mph on the Long Island Expressway and parkways as of Friday evening, and restrict CMVs to the right lane only on the Long Island Expressway.
The advisory speeds will be supported by variable message signs on roads across Long Island, Gov. Hochul’s office stated.
The New York Thruway Authority reminded motorists to download its mobile app (available for free on iPhone and Android devices), which provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on-the-go.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced it is implementing Tier 3 restrictions across sections of the roadway beginning Friday at 8 p.m.
All permitted vehicles are restricted to a 45 mph speed limit.
In addition, allowed CMVs are restricted to the right lane only.
Check out the graphic below for more details regarding what CMVs are (and are not allowed):
As of publishing, the sections impacted by Tier 3 restrictions are:
• I-76 / I-276 / I-95 Valley Forge (Exit 326) to NJ Line
• I-476 (NE Ext) Mid County (Exit 20) to Lehigh Valley (Exit 56)
In a Tweet on Friday afternoon, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee announced a travel ban for all big rigs except those carrying emergency supplies.
“I am implementing a travel ban for motor vehicles on the State’s roadways from 8 AM – 8 PM and a travel ban for all tractor-trailers and motorcycles, except those carrying emergency supplies, 6 AM – 11:59 PM Saturday 1/29,” he said.
⚠️ I am implementing a travel ban for motor vehicles on the State’s roadways from 8 AM – 8 PM and a travel ban for all tractor-trailers and motorcycles, except those carrying emergency supplies, 6 AM – 11:59 PM Saturday 1/29.
Stay home, stay safe and let @RIDOTNews do it’s job. pic.twitter.com/QYnEp98ZnV
— Governor Dan McKee (@GovDanMcKee) January 28, 2022
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials also announced a travel ban for big rigs beginning on Saturday at 6 a.m. lasting until midnight.
Due to the forecast, MassDOT is implementing a travel ban on the state’s interstate highways Saturday between 6am-midnight for tractor trailer trucks, tandems, and special permit haulers. pic.twitter.com/B8t0ETcTM7
— Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) January 29, 2022
Stay logged onto TransportationNation.com for updated state CMV travel restrictions.