Travel restrictions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania due to winter storm

Parts of NJ and Pa. could see more than a foot of snow

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NEW YORK CITY (WPVI) -- Officials in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have issued some travel restrictions due to the winter storm.


Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti has issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction on multiple Interstate highways in New Jersey based on the forecast for heavy snow and strong winds.

The travel restrictions are being coordinated with neighboring states.

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In addition to the commercial restrictions, all motorists are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads, particularly Sunday night and Monday. The safest place to be is at home.

The commercial vehicle travel restriction that began at noon on Sunday will be in place for the length of the following highways in both directions:

I-76, from the Walt Whitman Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to NJ Route 42

I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)

I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)

I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138

I-280, from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)

I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border

I-295, from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)

I-676, from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to I-76

NJ Route 440, 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


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. For a complete list of operations or personnel that are exempt from the travel ban, see the Administrative Order.

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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.

New Jersey has activated more than 3,000 plows and salt spreaders ready to clear state highways.

Residents and motorists should avoid driving unless you are an essential employee needed for emergency response. If you do not have to be on the roads during the storm, stay home. If you must drive, do so carefully and plan your trips accordingly, road conditions can change in an instant.

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If you see crews on the roads, please stay back and do not pass them. They are clearing the roadways for your safety. If you have to drive, NJDOT advises motorists to:

Leave early and allow extra time

Make sure your vehicle is fully fueled

SLOW DOWN, and obey posted speed limits

Leave a safe following distance between vehicles

Use caution on bridges and ramps

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

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 and other items. See the NJ Office of Emergency Managements web site for more information.

Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website for real-time travel information.


In response to winter weather conditions throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will implement Tier 1 of the commonwealth's weather event vehicle restriction plan on all interstates in the Philadelphia Region at 2:00 PM. This includes the following roadways: I-76, I-95, I-295, I-476 and I-676.

Under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

- Tractors without trailers

- Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers

- Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers

- Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV

- Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV's, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers

- Recreational vehicles/motorhomes

- School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD's)

- Motorcycles

A 45-mph speed restriction remains in effect on the interstates mentioned above as well as the following major roads:

U.S. Routes 1, 30, 202, 422; and

State Routes 63, 100 Spur and 309.

The vehicle and speed restrictions will remain in place until conditions warrant their removal.

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