NJ issues travel restrictions for commercial vehicles ahead of Saturday’s winter storm

New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti issued a restriction on the movement of commercial vehicles on several interstate highways in the state, set to begin at 7 a.m. Saturday as a winter storm rolls in. profile.

The forecast called for snow, damaging winds and freezing temperatures, which could create freezing and dangerous driving conditions throughout the day.

“Winter weather is expected to start on Saturday morning which could make driving conditions hazardous, particularly in North Jersey. Travel restrictions are coordinated with neighboring states. In addition to business restrictions, all motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel on Saturdays,” the DOT said in a statement.

The DOT has released the restriction details below:

The commercial vehicle travel restriction will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 and will be in place until further notice for the following highways in both directions:

  • 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-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
  • NJ Route 440, from Outerbridge Crossing to I-287

The commercial vehicle movement restriction applies:

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

This restriction does not apply:

  • The New Jersey Turnpike
  • The Garden State Walk
  • The Atlantic City Freeway
  • Public safety vehicles, sworn and civilian public safety personnel; as well as other personnel directly supporting health facilities or critical infrastructure such as the provision of fuel or food. Exemptions to the travel ban are listed in the Administrative Order.

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