Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions on major rigs announced ahead of big winter storm

BOSTON – A powerful winter storm expected to produce blizzard conditions on Friday and Saturday is prompting residents of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States to prepare for snow, wind and colder temperatures .

Heavy snowfall and high winds are expected to begin in parts of the Carolinas and Appalachia Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The system will then intensify as a northeasterly off the East Coast and bring similar conditions further north on Saturday. Localized snowfall totals of up to 20 inches were possible, the weather service said.

Officials also said windblown snow could make travel “almost impossible”.

Colder temperatures forecast after the storm mean dangerous wind chills are possible on Saturday evening.

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti issued a restriction on the movement of commercial vehicles on several New Jersey interstate highways beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

Additionally, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a statewide state of emergency beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

The commercial vehicle travel restriction will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and will be in place until further notice for the following highways in both directions:

  • I-76, full length from the Walt Whitman Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to Route 42
  • I-78, full length from Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-80, full length from Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-195, full length of I-295 to NJ Route 138
  • I-280, full length of I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-287, the full length of NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
  • I-295, full length from Delaware Memorial Bridge to Scudders Falls Bridge (border with Pennsylvania)
  • I-676, Ben Franklin Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to I-76
  • NJ Route 440, from Outerbridge Crossing to I-287

The commercial vehicle movement restriction applies:

  • All semi-trailers (exceptions listed in administrative order)
  • CDL Weighted Empty Straight Carts
  • Passenger vehicles towing trailers
  • Recreational vehicles
  • motorcycles

This restriction does NOT apply to:

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