NJDOT installs truck ban signs for Route 29
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has installed new signs prohibiting trucks over 13 tons from using Route 29 from Route 12 in Frenchtown to I-95 in Ewing Township. The ban applies to trucks not making deliveries within three miles of Route 29.
"This pro-active effort was needed to ensure safety on Route 29," Governor Christie Whitman said. "Now with the winter approaching, having these signs in place will enable State and local police to enforce the ban before the onset of severe weather conditions."
"Our statewide truck restrictions have been effective, but there is no question that drivers on this road are in danger when sharing it with trucks," Commissioner James Weinstein said. "I applaud NJDOT’s Sign Shop and Operations staff for making sure these signs were manufactured and installed in such a timely fashion."
Since the initial truck ban was put into place in July of 1999, truck traffic on Route 31 has dropped by around 45 percent. On Route 29, where monitoring has been in place since earlier this year, there has been a drop off in large truck traffic by over 17 percent. While these numbers reflect the success of the current truck ban, public safety concerns prompted Governor Whitman to take this action.
Violation of the truck ban can result in a $77 fine and the assessment of 2 points to a driver’s motor vehicle record. Attached are the locations for the new signs. (Photo Editors: the largest sign is at located on Route 31/202 between Wertsville Road and the ramp to Route 31 southbound).