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Thruway closure had major impact on travel

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The Thruway south of Albany has reopened to passenger traffic after it was closed overnight. Our Maria Valvanis has more on who was impacted by Governor Cuomo's travel ban.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo says closing the Thruway during the snow storm was the right call. The stretch from Albany to New York City reopened Friday morning after it was closed for several hours overnight.

As a result of Cuomo's travel ban, truck drivers from across the country were prohibited from doing their job after they were stopped from traveling past exit 24.

"I've never been in this kind of weather, I'm from Oklahoma City," said Ruben Martinez, a truck driver.

The Governor lifted the ban for passenger vehicles at 5:00 a.m., and for commercial drivers at 8:00 a.m. He said it was a preventative decision he would make again.

"Overnight we took certain precautions in closing of roads, and it turned out to be, in my opinion, the right call. We had far fewer people stranded on the roads than we have in the past. Also closing roads allowed us to stay ahead of the storm and plows operating all night long," said Cuomo.

But for the drivers whose routes were halted, it was not an ideal situation.

"Not good because we can't go anywhere with the Thruway down, we're crippled," said Mike Ford, a truck driver.

Even with the traffic ban lifted, it was still necessary for drivers to take it slow and steady.

Tony Mone, a truck driver, added, "Stay home 'till the roads are cleared off."

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