The New Jersey Department of Transportation has issued commercial vehicle travel restrictions on several interstate highways starting at 4 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18.
Snow is expected to begin overnight before the morning commute, with periods of heavy snow forecast during the day. Precipitation is expected to continue through the afternoon commute and into Friday.
The travel restrictions are being coordinated with neighboring states. Pennsylvania enacted similar restrictions to take effect at 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Thursday.
In addition to the commercial restrictions, all motorists are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads Thursday.
The commercial vehicle travel restriction will begin at 4 a.m., Thursday and remain in place until further notice for the following highways in both directions:
- I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138
- I-280, from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
- I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
- I-295, from Exit 60 (I-195) north 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, and recreational vehicles.
This restriction does not apply to the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, the Atlantic City Expressway, I-76 or I-676 2.
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, according to NJDOT.