Full Closures on State Route 400 and U.S. Route 219 also Lifted
Ban Remains in Place on All Other Previously-Announced State Roads as Harsh Winter Weather Conditions Persist
Drivers Urged to Stay Off Roads as Plummeting Temperatures Remain
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that effective immediately, the ban on tractor trailers and buses currently in place on I-90, I-190 and I-290 in Western New York has been lifted. The ban on these roads went into effect in Western New York beginning 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. After a full evaluation, State Police have deemed the conditions on these three roads safe. In addition, full roadway closures on State Route 400 and U.S. Route 219 from Peters Road to Interstate 90 have been lifted. The Governor continued to urge drivers in Western New York to remain off the road as temperatures continue to dip below zero.
A full road closure remains in effect on State Route 5 from State Route 179 to I-190. This stretch of road is expected to re-open for the morning commute, however a final determination will be made soon pending improvement to wind conditions to the ensure the safety of the traveling public.
In addition, the tractor trailer and commercial bus ban on Interstate 81 from the Canadian Border to State Route 104 remains in effect.
"Over the past two days, I saw firsthand the treacherous conditions of the roads in Western New York, and these roads were safer as a result of the travel bans on trucks and buses," Governor Cuomo said. "The travel ban is still in effect for other major roads, and I urge New Yorkers to continue to be cautious as the temperatures remain frigid. The State will be assisting localities as needed until the worst of the storm is behind us."
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 thislink:https://wwwapps.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.aspx
During major incidents, the Authority broadcasts information on Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) and activates Variable Message Signs (VMS) to alert motorists.
Motorists are also reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing https://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.