New Jersey DOT Issues Commercial Vehicle Travel Restrictions on I-80

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New Jersey Winter Driving | I-80 Exit Guide
New Jersey Winter Driving | I-80 Exit Guide

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 today, Friday, January 19 based on the forecast for snow statewide.

Winter weather is expected to begin overnight tonight and worsen through the day on Friday, 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 began today at 3:00 a.m., Friday, January 19 and will be in place until further notice for the following highways in both directions:

  • I-76 (entire length)
  • I-78 (entire length)
  • I-80 (entire length)
  • I-195 (entire length)
  • I-280 (entire length)
  • I-287 (entire length)
  • I-295 (entire length)
  • I-676 (entire length)
  • NJ 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
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles

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 infrastructure such as providing fuel or food.

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 – 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 snow, motorists should avoid driving unless you are an essential employee 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, blanket, and other
    items.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs throughout the storm to provide winter driving alerts, as well as the NJDOT Facebook page and X (Twitter) @NewJerseyDOT.

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