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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Steve Schapiro
Mairin Bellack
609-530-4280
RELEASE: February 20, 2019


** Winter Weather Alert **

Commercial Vehicle Travel Restrictions on Interstate Highways takes effect at 9 a.m. today

State of Emergency in effect - avoid unnecessary travel during the storm

(Trenton) -New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today are reminding motorists of the Winter Weather Congestion Alert in effect and that Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency that began at 5 a.m., due to today’s storm. The NJ State Police has issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction that will take effect starting at 9 a.m. today.

NJDOT is prepared and coordinating our response with our regional transportation partners to ensure the safety of all travelers. The Department has 2,500 plows and spreaders that are ready to be activated statewide wherever they are needed.

The Department is reminding motorists:

  • AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL during the storm
  • If road conditions deteriorate, GET OFF THE ROADsomewhere safe and wait it out
  • Always STAY CLEAR of plows and spreading trucks.  If they are behind you, let them pass
  • DO NOT PASS between trucks that are in a plow formation
  • Be patient and use caution
  • Have a preparedness kit in your car with water, charged mobile phone, blanket, and snacks

Commercial Vehicle Travel Restriction
The restriction in New Jersey applies to the entire length of the following roadways:

  • I-295
  • I-76
  • I-676
  • I-195
  • I-78
  • I-80
  • I-280
  • I-287

The restriction DOES NOT apply to:

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

The commercial vehicle travel restriction in New Jersey applies to the following vehicles:

  • All tractor-trailers
  • Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles

In order for NJDOT and our regional and local transportation partners to safely and efficiently clear roadways of snow and ice, motorists need to Clear the Roads so We Can Clear the Roads.

NJDOT will deploy our Incline Package assets on I-280 and I-78 at Jugtown mountain (between Exits 7 and 11), which includes pre-positioning towing assets, NJDOT Safety Service Patrol (SSP) trucks, and coordination with New Jersey State Police.

NJDOT will be using Variable Message Signs throughout the storm to provide updates. Once conditions improve, NJDOT will lift the Winter Weather Congestion Alert. 

For winter weather and preparedness updates, motorists are encouraged to check the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s website, www.Ready.NJ.gov and NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information. For NJDOT news and updates follow us on the NJDOT Facebook page or on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

 
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  P.O. Box 600
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  Last Updated:  February 20, 2019