The New Jersey Department of Transportation issued travel restrictions for commercial traffic, motorcycles and recreational vehicles on certain interstate highways Saturday morning in preparation for a coming storm Later in the day, that could dump up to a foot of snow in parts of the state.
“Winter weather is expected to begin Saturday afternoon, which could make driving conditions hazardous, particularly in North Jersey,” the DOT said Saturday morning. “Travel restrictions are being coordinated with neighboring states. “In addition to business restrictions, all motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Restrictions will remain in effect until further notice for the following roads:
- I-78, its entire length from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-80, its entire length from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-280, along its entire length from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-287, its entire length from New Jersey Route 440 to the New York state line
- New Jersey Route 440, from Outerbridge Crossing to I-287
According to the DOT, commercial vehicles include:
- All Tractors with trailers, except those that provide essential public services.
- Empty Trucks with Straight CDL Load
- Passenger vehicles towing trailers
- Recreational vehicles
The restrictions do not apply to other state highways, such as the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.
The DOT advises trucks already traveling through the state at the time of the restrictions to stop at rest stops to wait out the storm and avoid stopping on the shoulder.
Updates on the status of travel restrictions will be shared on message boards along the highways as well as on Facebook and X (Twitter) @NewJerseyDOT. Drivers can get real-time traffic information on 511nj.org.
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