Commercial Vehicle Restrictions on Multiple Interstate Highways
Commercial vehicle restrictions on interstates 76, 78, 80, 195, 280, 287, 295, 676, and Rt 440 began today at 9 AM and will continue until further notice.
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 9 a.m. Friday, December 23 based on the forecast for rapidly falling temperatures that may lead to a flash freeze on wet roadways throughout the state.
New Jersey is expected to see rain, strong winds, and the potential for snow and ice as the storm moves through and temperatures drop rapidly, 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 on Friday.
The commercial vehicle travel restriction will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, December 23 and will be in place until further notice for the following highways in both directions:
Interstate 76 (entire length)
Interstate 78 (entire length)
Interstate 80 (entire length)
Interstate 195 (entire length)
Interstate 280 (entire length)
Interstate 287 (entire length)
Interstate 295 (entire length)
Interstate 676 (entire length)
New Jersey Route 440 (both directions 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
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 infrastructures 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 at 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 they are essential employees needed for emergency response.
If you must drive, motorists are advised to:
SLOW DOWN, and obey posted speed limits
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
Leave early and allow extra time
Leave a safe following distance between vehicles
Use caution on bridges and ramps
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, blankets, and other items. See the NJ Office of Emergency Management website for more information, click here.
To understand the purpose and need for Commercial Vehicle Travel Restrictions, watch this video.