PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – State officials announced a partial travel ban on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s impending winter storm.
Governor Dan McKee imposed a tractor-trailer travel ban for Rhode Island and encouraged residents to stay off the road during the storm.
“We are strongly urging Rhode Islanders to stay off the roads during the snowstorm tomorrow to allow the plows to do their job,” McKee said. “We are encouraging businesses and employers to give their employees as much flexibility as possible.”
Officials say tractor-trailers will be prohibited on all interstate highways and state roads from midnight until further notice.
McKee also announced the closure of the State government Tuesday after convening his cabinet to coordinate the state’s storm response.
The Governor outlined the following plans as to how Rhode Island is preparing:
- The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will have plow crews reporting for duty three hours ahead of the expected storm start time to pre-treat roads. RIDOT has 450 plows available for the storm, an increase in resources from previous winter seasons. RIDOT is fully stocked with 60,000 tons of salt. There will also be extra tow trucks on standby to quickly clear any potential disabled vehicles in the Washington Bridge bypass lanes.
- The Office of Energy Resources is in contact with Rhode Island Energy (RIE) and the state’s delivered fuel terminals to closely monitor the storm’s impact on power and fuel supplies across the state. RIE is adding 75 external line crews on top of their 50 internal line crews to support swift power restoration efforts. RIE is also bringing in more than 80 forestry teams to help with downed trees and other vegetation. RIE will open its storm room at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
- Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is in communication with local emergency management agencies across the state to ensure communities have the necessary support in place. RIEMA will coordinate situational updates to state government, municipalities, and other partners throughout the storm. RIEMA’s list of local warming centers can be found at RIEMA.RI.GOV.
- The Department of Housing is activating its emergency pop-up shelters that will be open to Rhode Islanders in need. These locations are in addition to the state’s existing shelter network. Details can be found at RIEMA.RI.GOV.
- Rhode Island State Police is prepared with additional troopers across the state ready to assist motorists wherever needed.