Storm prompts NJ, PA and NY to restrict truck travel


New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have enacted restrictions on travel by commercial vehicles because of the winter storm descending on the Northeast.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction starting at midnight tonight on:

  • Interstate 80 in both directions from the Pennsylvania state line to exit 43 (I-287)
  • Interstate 78 in both directions from the Pennsylvania state line to exit 29 (I-287)
  • Interstate 287 in both directions from exit 21 (I-78) to the New York border

Keep track of developments in New Jersey online.

Pennsylvania’s travel restrictions will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, and will remain in place until conditions warrant their removal. The restrictions reflect Level 1 and Level 2 of the commonwealth’s draft travel restriction framework, and will ban all double trailers (regardless of whether they are equipped with chains), empty trailers, non-commercial vehicles pulling trailers, recreational vehicles and motorcycles on these interstates:

  • Interstate 81 north of the junction with Interstate 80 to the New York border.
  • Interstates 84 and 380 in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania.
  • Interstate 476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, north of the Pocono/White Haven exit for Interstate 80.

The commonwealth is also considering Level 1 and Level 2 restrictions on:

  • Interstate 80 from Interstate 81 to the New Jersey border and Interstate 476,
  • the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, north of the Lehigh Valley exit

These additional restrictions will be implemented based on snowfall rate as well as road and travel conditions and will be communicated via variable message boards and the 511PA traveler information website ( and smartphone apps.

Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on these interstates for all vehicles while the vehicle restrictions are in place, and commercial vehicles not affected by the bans must move to the right lane. Additional speed restrictions on other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions.

More details of Pennsylvania’s road conditions are available online.

In New York, speed restrictions are in place on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has an advised speed limit of 35 mph.

An advised speed limit of 45 mph is now in effect on the following roads:

  • All state-owned Parkways in DOT Region 8 (Hudson Valley)
  • I-81: PA line to Syracuse
  • Route 17: Binghamton to I-84
  • I-84: Entire length
  • I-86: from Pennsylvania line to Binghamton
  • I-88: Binghamton to I-90
  • I-99: Entire length
  • I-684: Entire length
  • I-90 – Exit 36 to Exit 24 (Albany)
  • I-87 – from Exit 24 to Exit 15 including the Berkshire spur

You can get the latest information and real-time cameras and traffic information on the Thruway mobile app or at

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today placed National Guard personnel on standby and activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center to enhanced monitoring mode as the storm passes through many parts of the state.

New York travel details are updated online.