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Truckers told Thruway won’t reopen anytime soon

Truck drivers and other motorists waiting near the Thruway on-ramp at Camp Road are going under the assumption the Thruway is not reopening anytime soon and are seeking alternate travel plans.

Charles Miller, a truck driver heading to Liverpool, was told by State Police it was not likely the Thruway would reopen until Friday. State Department of Transportation workers said concerns about the pending lake-effect snow and more travelers being stranded would impact the decision when to reopen it.

The Thruway appears cleared off below the Camp Road overpass and points west. A couple of westbound tractor-trailers, presumably freed from being stuck, could be seen heading west on the Thruway, but no new traffic was being allowed to enter.

Miller, based on what state police told him, decided to get on Route 20 head west and then go south into Pennsylvania to get on 86 East, to 390 North and eventually the eastbound Thruway in an area where it is open.

“If the Thruway was opening in a matter of hours,” Miller said, “I would wait it out. I know the way I’m going is much longer, but I cannot be sitting here for two more days.”