Winter weather prompts Pennsylvania, New Jersey to issue truck bans

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Updated Mar 12, 2019
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Winter weather and poor travel conditions have prompted the Pennsylvania and New Jersey departments of transportation to issue commercial vehicle bans on a number of major highways in the states.

PennDOT has enacted a full commercial vehicle ban on I-70 in Fulton and Bedford counties, along with I-99. The state has also issued a ban of trucks with empty and double trailers on I-76, I-78, I-80 (East of I-79), I-81, I-83, I-84, I-176, I-180, I-283, I-295, I-380, I-476, I-676, US 22 (from I-78 to NJ), PA-33 and PA Turnpike I-76/I-276 (from New Stanton to Bensalem).

Additionally, New Jersey DOT has banned tractor-trailers on the entire length of I-287, I-80, I-280, I-78, I-295, I-195, I-676 and I-76. The restriction does not apply to the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway or Atlantic City Expressway.

Accuweather reports a winter storm dumped between three to six inches of snow Wednesday morning in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area and will move into Pennsylvania and New Jersey as the day goes along. However, the snow will transition to an icy mix, causing slick roads and poor driving conditions.