Governor bans buses, tractor-trailers from Thruway during big snowstorm

Posted 18 January 2019 at 9:26 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed the New York State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority to ban tractor trailers and buses on the entire Thruway system, with the exception of I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties, and most interstate highways out of an abundance of caution as winter storm Harper will impact travel across the entire state this weekend.

The ban will be in effect beginning 3 p.m. on Saturday and will last for the duration of the storm.

“Safety is our number one priority and with the anticipated storm impacting most of New York State, we are implementing this ban on tractor trailers and buses so our plow operators, fire, law enforcement and emergency personnel can keep roads clean and respond to emergencies as quickly as possible,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am also urging drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.”

Tractor trailers and buses will be banned from the following interstate highways:

DOT Highways:

I-88 from Binghamton to Albany

I-86/Rt 17 from PA border to I-87 (entire length)

I-81 from PA Border to Canadian Border

I-84 from PA Border to CT Border

I-684 from I-287 to I-84

I-87 from Albany to Canadian Border

I-390 from I-86 to I-90

I-99 from PA Border to I-86

I-90 from Thruway Exit 24 to Berkshire Spur Exit B2 (through Cap Dist)

Rt 219 from Peters Rd to I-90 (expressway section)

I-190 – full length (both Thruway and DOT sections)

I-290 – full length

Rt 5 Skyway – I-190 to NY179 (Milestrip Rd)

Rt 400 – NY16 to I-90

I-390, I-490, I-590 around Rochester

Alternate Route 7 in Albany County

Thruway highways:

I-90 from PA line to Albany (Int. 24)

I-87 from Albany (Int. 24) to NYC line

I-287 (from Suffern to I-95)

Berkshire Spur from the Thruway Mainline to the Mass line

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