UPDATE: The commercial vehicle travel restrictions on state Interstates have been lifted, according to NJDOT.
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 starting at 2 a.m., Sunday, January 9 based on the forecast for freezing rain.
Freezing rain is expected to begin early Sunday morning, which could make driving conditions treacherous. The travel restrictions are being coordinated with neighboring states. In addition to the commercial restrictions, all motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel Sunday morning.
The commercial vehicle travel restriction will begin at 2 a.m., Sunday, January 9 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-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
• 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
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.