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Travel Ban Extended To All Connecticut Roads, Remains In Effect Saturday

Residents across the state are ordered to stay off the roads Friday evening as conditions are expected to worsen.
Residents across the state are ordered to stay off the roads Friday evening as conditions are expected to worsen. Photo Credit: Contributed: Johanna Rossi

Update 7:15 a.m. — The state-wide travel ban was extended from limited-access highways to all roads in Connecticut , and remained in effect Saturday morning.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — A ban on motor vehicle travel on limited access highways in Connecticut began at 4 p.m. Friday, a statement from the governor’s office said.

Emergency response and recovery vehicles, including public safety vehicles, utility vehicles and vehicles carrying essential personnel or supplies, are not banned, the statement said.

“As the weather gets worse over the next few hours, we need to keep the roads clear, so that emergency-related personnel and utility crews can reach those that may need our help,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said in the statement. “By traveling in these conditions, you are not only putting yourself in danger, but you are potentially risking the lives of first responders, utility workers and other residents."

The state has coordinated the travel ban with New York and Massachusetts, and it is in effect until further notice.