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NJDOT issues commercial vehicle restrictions on multiple Interstate highways

Restrictions do not apply to New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway or Atlantic City Expressway

UPDATE: The Commercial Vehicle Travel Restrictions were lifted on all Interstate highways at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 5.

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti has issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction on multiple Interstate highways in New Jersey that started at midnight, Friday, February 4 based on the forecast for freezing rain throughout the state.

Temperatures are expected to drop overnight, changing rain to freezing rain throughout most of the state early Friday morning, February 4. This could make driving conditions treacherous, particularly during the morning commute in north and central Jersey. The travel restrictions are being coordinated with neighboring states. In addition to the commercial restrictions, all motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel Friday and to use caution if you do have to drive.

The commercial vehicle travel restriction began at midnight, Friday, February 4 and will be in
place until further notice for the following highways in both directions:

• 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, from I-195 to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
• 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
• Motorcycles

This restriction does not apply to:

• The New Jersey Turnpike
• The Garden State Parkway
• The Atlantic City Expressway
• Public safety vehicles, sworn and civilian public safety personnel; as well as other personnel directly supporting healthcare facilities or critical infrastructure such as providing fuel or food. For a complete list of operations or personnel that are exempt from the travel ban, see the Administrative Order.

Trucks that are already in New Jersey when the travel restrictions go into place are encouraged to pull off in truck stops to wait out the storm – Do not park on shoulders.

NJDOT is coordinating with all state and regional transportation agencies to ensure the most effective response to the storm. In order for NJDOT and our regional and local transportation partners to safely and efficiently clear roadways of ice, motorists should avoid driving unless you are an essential employee needed for emergency response. If you must drive, motorists are advised to:

• Slow down, and obey posted speed limits
• Leave early and allow extra time
• Leave a safe following distance between vehicles
• Use caution on bridges and ramps
• Always stay clear of plowing and spreading trucks. If they are behind you, let them pass
• Do not pass between trucks that are in a plow formation
• If you are driving and road conditions deteriorate, pull off somewhere safe and wait it out
• Be patient and use caution
• Keep an emergency kit in your car with a cell phone charger, water, snacks and other items. For more information, click here.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs throughout the storm to provide winter driving alerts, as well as the NJDOT Facebook page and Twitter @NewJerseyDOT. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website for real-time travel information.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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