Roads and bridges closed during Hurricane Sandy reopened Tuesday across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, though rain and high winds continued in some areas.
That will allow relief shipments to move to stricken areas and help restore economic activity as the East Coast recovers from the massive storm.
Even as the recovery slowly begins, officials across the region urge caution when it comes to travel. “Now is not the time to fall into a comfort zone, even as the weather changes,” Maryland State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters said.
Connecticut, which closed limited-access highways first to trucks and eventually all non-emergency vehicles Monday, lifted those restrictions Tuesday morning.
New York reopened the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River Tuesday morning, reconnecting a critical route to and from New England and the West.
Pennsylvania lifted speed and vehicle restrictions on highways in the southern and central part of the state, though not in the northwest, where Sandy was headed.
The Garden State Parkway in New Jersey reopened, but the New Jersey Turnpike north of Interchange 14 in Newark remained closed Tuesday morning.
About two dozen railcars picked up by a tidal surge were left along the Turnpike near Carteret, and the Lincoln Tunnel provided the only access to Manhattan.
In Maryland, bridges that closed Monday because of high winds reopened Tuesday, with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge reopening at noon, with wind warnings in effect.
Delaware resumed toll collection on I-95 at noon, but many smaller roads in the state still were partially or completely blocked by water Tuesday morning.
All major roads in Virginia were open, but more than 280 secondary roads were closed across the state, which was hit by snow as well as wind and rain.
Sandy delivered a blizzard in West Virginia, with snow extending into Southwestern Virginia and Western Maryland, making travel treacherous across Appalachia.
For continuing coverage of the storm and its aftermath, see the JOC's Hurricane Sandy special topic page.