Tractor Trailers Banned on New York State Thruway from Exit 17 in Newburgh to the New York City Line.
Albany, NY - March 21, 2018 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a travel ban on tractor trailers on certain roads due to the hazardous winter weather conditions being forecasted. The ban went into effect Wednesday, March 21 at 8 a.m., restricting tractor trailers, short and long tandems trailers, from entering the following roadways:
I-84 from PA line to CT line
I-684 from I-84 to Hutchinson River Parkway
Thruway from I-84 (exit 17/Newburgh) to Exit 1 (NYC line)
I-287 Exit 1-12
I-95 NYC line to CT line
The New York State Police will strictly enforce the ban and will stop and ticket anyone who is in violation.
"New Yorkers have experienced first-hand just how dangerous our roadways can become when Mother Nature sends a storm our way," Governor Cuomo said. "We are implementing a tractor trailer ban on certain roads to allow emergency personnel to do their jobs quickly and effectively. I urge all New Yorkers to stay off the roads, stay informed and stay safe."
The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app which is available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway by following this link: www.thruway.ny.gob/tas/index/shtml.
During major incidents, the Authority broadcasts information on Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) and activates Variable Message Signs (VMS) to alert motorists.
Motorists are reminded that State Law mandates that if an intersection is "blacked out" and the traffic signal is not operational, the intersection is automatically a "four way" stop. In the event of closed or blocked roadways due to flooding, downed power lines or debris, motorists are advised to exercise caution and obey all traffic signs or barricades in place, regardless of whether a roadway looks clear.
Motorists are also reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing www.511ny.org before traveling. The free service allows users to check road conditions and transit information. Mobile users can download the updated, free 511NY mobile app from the iTunes or Google Play stores. The app now features Drive mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, warning them about incidents and construction. Users can set a destination prior to departing and receive information on up to three routes.