ADVISORY: Rhode Island Bans Tractor Trailer Travel on State Roadways
Effective until 9 p.m. tonight
Trucks should seek alternate routes or safe place to park until snow subsides
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is reminding the public that the State of Rhode Island has announced a ban on tractor trailer trucks on all Rhode Island state roadways effective now and through 9 o’clock tonight.
“Tractor trailer trucks in Massachusetts that are seeking to travel through Rhode Island should find alternate routes or a safe place to park and wait out the storm,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Our MassDOT Highway Division crews will be focusing on clearing rest areas and locations near the Rhode Island border where trucks can safely stop and wait until the snow subsides and they are again able to travel. In the interest of safety, trucks and other vehicles should not stop on the side of the highway in breakdown lanes due to the decreased visibility and inclement weather. We are continuing to collaborate with our state and local partners and key stakeholders in the trucking industry regarding this development and encourage everyone to avoid traveling during this significant winter storm if possible.”
Major travel routes from Massachusetts into the Rhode Island area include I-95, I-195, I-495 and Route 146. For more information on conditions travelers are encouraged to:
- Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
- Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
- Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions
- Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.