Frigid Temperatures and Wind Chill to Create Potentially Dangerous Outdoor Conditions Across New York State
Drivers Urged to Remain Off Roads as Plummeting Temperatures Cause Flash Freezing
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the ban on tractor trailers and buses currently in place on state highways has been lifted effective 6 p.m. Sunday. The ban went into effect beginning 3:00 p.m. Saturday as winter storm Harper impacted travel across the entire state. The Governor continued to urge drivers to remain off the road as cold air moves in causing temperatures to dip below zero and the threat of flash freezing becomes increasingly dangerous.
"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."
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: http://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 also reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing http://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.