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Tractor trailer and bus ban on thruway lifted statewide

Posted at 9:08 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-20 18:13:05-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — UPDATE: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the tractor trailer and bus ban will be lifted as of 6 p.m. Sunday.

"Thanks to the men and women who worked throughout the weekend to clear roads of snow and debris, conditions have improved enough to lift the remaining travel ban on tractor-trailers and buses," Governor Cuomo said. "Driving conditions remain difficult in many places throughout the state and I am urging New Yorkers to avoid unnecessary travel until further notice as this is not a situation to take casually."

ORIGINAL: Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a ban on tractor trailers and buses on the New York State Thruway and select interstates across the state as winter storm warnings are in effect. The ban will emain in effect from 3 p.m. Saturday until the duration of the storm.

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

"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."