NJ State Police issues commercial travel restriction

UPDATE: Colonel Patrick J. Callahan has announced the commercial vehicle travel restriction will be lifted effective Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

All vehicles previously listed in the restriction will be able to resume normal travel. We urge motorists to use caution, take it slow, and beware of black ice as temperatures fall tonight.

Original Story: A commercial vehicle travel restriction due to the anticipated severity of the impending winter storm was announced by New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan.

The commercial vehicle travel restriction will start at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for the following roadways:

• I-195 (entire length)
• I-78 (entire length)
• I-80 (entire length)
• I-280 (entire length)
• I-287 (entire length)
• I-295 (entire length)
• I-676 (entire length)
• I-76 (entire length)

The commercial vehicle travel restriction does not apply to the following roadways:

• New Jersey Turnpike
• Garden State Parkway
• Atlantic City Expressway

The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:

• All tractor-trailers
• Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
• Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
• Recreational vehicles
• Motorcycles

Trucks already in New Jersey are encouraged to use truck stops or rest areas during the restriction. In order for road crews to effectively plow, drivers should not park on shoulders.

“Residents and motorists should avoid driving unless you are an essential employee needed for emergency response. If you do not have to be on the roads during the storm, please stay home. If you must go out, drive slowly, fill your gas tank, charge your phone, pack blankets, water and non-perishable food items,” Callahan said.

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