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N.J. ports reopen to trucks after storm

New Jersey’s ports re-opened to tractor-trailers Wednesday after three days of intense snow-clearing, leading to a familiar sight of truck backups as well as relief that the shutdown was modest compared to the past.

Just three vessels were unloaded since the snowstorm ended, compared to a usual eight to 10 ships over the period, as the operators of the five terminals in New Jersey scrambled to clear away 28 inches of snow, said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

While several trucking company executives said drivers had to wait two or three hours or more to get into the terminals for much of Wednesday, the Port Authority said the main problems occurred early in the morning just after the terminals opened and were largely dissipated after a few hours. In Elizabeth, Maher Terminals extended its operating hours by two hours, to 9 p.m. for the rest of the week, to cope with additional traffic.


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