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Nor'easter still causing traffic delays, road closures

NYSMTA encourages the trucking industry to exercise extreme caution and to be prepared for road closures in the state.

The Trucker News Services

2/14/2014

Travel issues persist following the nor'easter which hit Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley and the Capital District regions of New York state.  

NYSMTA encourages the trucking industry to exercise extreme caution and to be prepared for road closures in the state. NYSMTA will keep members updated as the storm progresses.

  • New York State Thruway (I-90) is closed westbound between Exits 25 and 26 due to a jacknifed tractor trailer. All traffic must exit at Exit 25. Detours are in place. 

  • The ban on commercial vehicles on Interstate 84 in New York state has been lifted.

  • Tandem operations are now banned on the New York State Thruway between the New York City line and Exit 36 in Syracuse. The ban is expected to last through mid-morning Friday.

  •  As of 12:00 p.m., on Feb. 13, the Massachusetts Turnpike will be closed from NY Border to I/C 11 for tandem trailers and propane carriers. Speed limit is already reduced to 40 mph.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for the Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island regions as the storm continues to impact parts of the state.  These regions are expected to continue to receive heavy snow that may accumulate at rates of around two to three inches per hour, which will make it difficult for plows to keep some roads clear. New Yorkers should stay off of the roads and remain in their homes until the worst of the storm has passed. Under a state of emergency, critical resources that are normally restricted to state use are mobilized to assist local governments and laws and regulations that would otherwise impede their rapid response are suspended.

  • The Pennsylvania Turnpike is banning tandem trailers and empty trailers as of 11:00 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2014.

  • The Connecticut Department of Transportation is prohibiting the operation of twin trailer units on Connecticut roadways as of 4:00 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2014.  The ban will remain in effect until lifted by CONNDOT.

Visit www.511ny.org for up-to-date closures in New York.  Check out the Traffic & Transit Map/List for the latest closures, truck restrictions, and road conditions.

For road closures in other states: 

New Jersey: www.511NJ.org

Pennsylvania: www.511PA.com 

Vermont: www.511VT.org 

 

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