Ice storm forecast prompts travel restrictions on N.J. highways starting Monday

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Commercial travel on some New Jersey highways will be restricted beginning Monday morning as forecasts call for freezing rain and sleet, the state Department of Transportation announced Sunday.

Parts of the state could be in store for a winter storm and dangerous road conditions, the department said.

Morris, Sussex, Warren, Somerset and Hunterdon counties are under an ice storm warning from 6 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Middlesex, Mercer, western Monmouth, Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Ocean counties are under winter advisories from 1 p.m. Monday until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The commercial travel ban takes effect at 8 a.m. Monday and applies to tractor-trailers, empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, cars pulling trailers, RVs and motorcycles traveling in either direction on:

– Interstate 78 between the Pennsylvania border and the turnpike

– Interstate 80 from the Pennsylvania border to the New Jersey Turnpike

– Interstate 280 from Interstate 80 to the Turnpike

– Interstate 287 from Route 440 to the New York border,

– Route 440 between the Outerbridge Crossing and I-287

The New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway and interstates 76, 195, 295 and 676 are exempt from the Monday restrictions.

All drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads, the transportation department said. If travel can’t be avoided, transportation officials recommend drivers allot extra time, leave ample space between vehicles, allow plows to pass, use caution on bridges and ramps and pull off the road if conditions worsen.

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Samantha Marcus may be reached at [email protected].

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