Truckers in the Buffalo and Watertown, New York areas have little option but to “sit around and wait” until their equipment can be freed from the icy entombment of nearly seven feet of snow. Drivers who chose to hunker down and wait it out might be stuck in their cabs for a while until road crews can remove the massive amount of lake-effect snow.
Near record-breaking snow levels can cause trailer tops to buckle
Drivers who have been stuck in the snow over the weekend need to do a thorough job inspecting their trucks and trailers once they get them freed. The thousands of pounds of weight from this much snow can cause lightweight trailer roofs, such as those made of fiberglass or with very little reinforcement, to break apart.
It’s also important that drivers should not try to push their way out of the snow. Most trucks have plastic bumper panels, aerodynamic trim pieces, and parts that can drag on the piled up snow. These body parts get weakened by the freezing temperatures and can break apart easily.
Most roads are back open and dry, but use caution driving on the surface streets
NYSDOT and NY Thruway Authority has lifted its full commercial vehicle ban at the following locations:
Interstate 190 – Route 62 to I-90
Interstate 290 – full length
Interstate 990 – full length
Route 33 – expressway portion only
Buffalo Skyway Route 5 – full length.
Route 400 – full length
The commercial vehicle ban remains in place on Route 219 from Route 39 to I-90 as the road remains closed.
On I-81 from exit 33 to the Canadian border, trucks are still required to use the right lane only.
The New York Thruway has reopened to all traffic and there are no commercial vehicle restrictions at this time with the following exceptions:
Thruway (I-90) exit 55 (Lackawanna) remains closed to all traffic to support the closure of Route 219.
Exit 56 (Blasdell) and exit 57 (Hamburg) remain closed to commercial traffic to facilitate cleanup efforts in these areas.