Pennsylvania and Connecticut Also Implement Bans on I-84 in their Respective States
Prohibition Implemented as a Measure to Keep Roads Open for Safe Passage as Storm Gets Stronger in Some Areas through the Evening Hours
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that as the ongoing winter storm continues to intensify in the Mid-Hudson Region, a ban on all commercial vehicles on New York’s entire I-84 corridor between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut state lines is being implemented immediately. Governor Cuomo’s announcement complements commercial vehicle bans already in place in these neighboring states, and the ban will be lifted in coordination with Pennsylvania and Connecticut as conditions permit.
“Mother Nature has made it clear all day — this storm is nothing to mess with — and our crews are working around the clock to ensure that our roads are safe for travel,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the storm continues to intensify over the Mid-Hudson region, and in the interest of public safety, all commercial truck traffic will now be banned on I-84 until further notice. In the meantime, New Yorkers should continue to stay home and off the roads not only for their own safety, but so road crews and snowplows can do their jobs.”
In addition to this latest measure on I-84, short and long tandems remain banned on portions of the New York State Thruway. Specifically, this includes I-87 from the New York City Line to Exit 24 in Albany, as well as on all of I-95 and I-287. Additionally, empty trailers are banned on I-87 between Exit 8 to Exit 21A, on the Berkshire Spur and on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
Trailer bans have also been implemented on roadways outside of the Thruway system. Currently, empty trailers and tandem trailers are banned on MTA bridges and tunnels, Port Authority bridges, on Route 17 East of Binghamton to the New Jersey state line, and on the entire length of I-684.
A speed reduction of 45 mph is also in place on I-87 between Exit 24 in Albany and the NYC line, as well as I-287, I-95, the Garden State Parkway and the Berkshire Spur. The speed on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has been reduced to 35 mph. Similar speed advisories of 45 mph are currently being employed on State Parkways, Route 17, I-84 and I-684.
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