A special permit, tandem, and tanker ban, along with the prospect of a prolonged wreck clean-up have officials expecting a “lengthy recovery” for traffic conditions along the Massachusetts Turnpike.
As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9th, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has initiated a ban on trucks hauling tandem trailers, tanker trucks, and rigs with special permits due to weather conditions along the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The ban extends from the New York State line to mile marker 51.2 in Springfield.
In addition to the travel advisory, eastbound traffic along the Turnpike was shut down in Russell due to a wrecked tractor trailer blocking the road.
NOW: Speed reduced to 40 mph from N.Y. state line to mile marker 51.2 in #Springfield on I-90.— Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) February 9, 2021
The crash sent the semi truck skidding into a roadside ditch, causing a major fuel spill that will require “a lengthy recovery time” in the area, reported MassLive News.
The eastbound lanes in the area were completely closed to traffic as crews worked to clear the wreckage and contain the diesel spill. No injuries were reported.
As of noon on Tuesday, the closed portion of the Turnpike has been reopened, but traffic is still affected. There is no estimated end for the travel advisory.
UPDATE: Both lanes are open EB at mile marker 34.5, as the trailer is removed. Guardrail repair is scheduled for tomorrow morning. https://t.co/oJDWSkQa6L— Mass. Transportation (@MassDOT) February 9, 2021