Truck drivers planning to travel through New York Wednesday may need to make alternate plans as the state’s DOT has instituted a tractor-trailer ban on a number of interstates in the state due to hazardous weather conditions.
As of noon Eastern time Wednesday, New York State Department of Transportation has banned tractor-trailers and commercial buses from the following highways:
- I-190 – full length (both Thruway and DOT sections)
- I-290 – full length
- U.S. Route 219 from Peters Road to I-90 (expressway section)
- Route 5 Skyway – I-190 to NY 179 (Milestrip Rd)
- Route 400 – Route 16 to I-90
- I-90 from Interchange 46 (I-390 – Rochester) to the Pennsylvania Line
- I-81 from the Canadian Border to Route 104
Additionally, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the New York City Metro Transportation Authority will ban empty and tandem tractor-trailers from the Verazano-Narrows Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
The closures are a result of heavy snow and bitter cold impacting the state. Most areas in the path of the storm are expected to see six-to-eight inches of snow with some seeing significantly more.