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Ohio Turnpike bans high-profile vehicles Wed. through Friday during expected winter storm

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Feb 01, 2022

BEREA, Ohio — The Ohio Turnpike announced a travel ban on all high-profile vehicles from 7 a.m. Wednesday until 12 p.m. on Friday due to the major winter storm expected to impact the northern Ohio region this week, according to a news release from Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission.

According to the news release, the following vehicle types are considered high-profile and will be banned from traveling on the turnpike Wednesday through Friday:

  • All Long Combination Vehicles (LCV) triple-trailer combination commercial vehicles.
  • All LCV long double-trailer combination commercial vehicles (enclosed trailers only, including Conestoga type trailers) more than 90-feet in length.
  • Mobile home/office trailers.
  • Boat and horse trailers towed by passenger vehicles or pickup trucks/
  • High-profile campers and enclosed trailers, which are defined as trailers designed for a person of average height to stand in.

Vehicles that are not included in the travel ban are self-propelled motor homes, low-profile trailers, fold-down camper trailers, pickup trucks with slide-on camper units, vehicles towing fifth-wheel type trailers, or any other type of trailers towed by passenger vehicles or pickup trucks.

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Also, excluded from the travel ban are commercial trucks towing single flatbed or box-type trailers, flatbed double-trailer combinations more than 90 feet and any double-trailer combination commercial vehicles less than 90 feet.

“The implemented travel ban will be continually evaluated throughout the duration of the storm,” said Ferzan Ahmed, executive director of the turnpike commission. “We are expecting moderate to heavy snow on Wednesday and Thursday; blowing and drifting snow from up to 30 mph wind gusts on Thursday and Friday; and wind chills in the single digits during this time period.”

If you have to be on the roads, officials are asking drivers to give plows plenty of space, be aware of poor visibility and fill your car with emergency essentials in case of an emergency.

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