Blizzard 2013: Governor Issues Travel Restriction

Officials are urging residents to stay off all roadways if at all possible.


Due to safety concerns, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has restricted motor vehicle travel on Routes I-95, I-195, RI-146, RI-24 and I-295 begining at 5 p.m. tonight (Friday) and continuing until further notice.

Exceptions to this policy include:

  • public safety vehicles and workers, including contract personnel;
  • public works vehicles and workers, including contract personnel;
  • government officials on official business;
  • utility company vehicles and workers;
  • health care workers who travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services;
  • news media;
  • travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies, financial systems and critical commodities;
  • travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gas stations, food stores and hardware stores.


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