Ban on tractor trailers and buses from the Thruway & other highways has been lifted

Jan 18, 2019

UPDATE: As of 6:15pm on Sunday: Gov. Cuomo says the ban that went into effect on Saturday prohibiting tractor trailers and buses from the Thruway and other highways has been lifted.


Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday 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 due to the winter storm. 

The ban went into effect beginning 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Late Sunday afternoon, Cuomo had the Thruway Authority and the NYS DOT lift the travel ban for tractor-trailers and buses on I-87 south of I-84.

"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,"  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