Impending storm causes New Jersey to enact truck restrictions

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti has issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction on multiple Interstate highways in New Jersey starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 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, Dec. 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
  • Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles

This restriction does not apply to:

  • The New Jersey Turnpike
  • The Garden State Parkway •
  • The Atlantic City Expressway 2

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