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Williamsport Town Council backs truck weight limits

September 12, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Williamsport Town Council members gave preliminary approval Monday night to a new law that would prohibit trucks weighing 26,000 pounds or more from traveling along Conococheague Street in the downtown area.

The proposed law would prohibit trucks from traveling on North Conococheague Street to South Conococheague Street starting at Potomac Street, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

There will be penalties for violating the proposed law, but those will be determined later, McCleaf said.

McCleaf said there also will be exemptions to the law for vehicles like emergency vehicles and those involved in construction downtown.

Town officials have been discussing restrictions for trucks in town due to noise, dirt and damage they cause to the streets.

Town officials also have talked previously about having a weight limit of 26,000 pounds for trucks on some roads in town, saying that would keep many dump trucks and tractor-trailers off restricted portions, even if they are not loaded.

Council members unanimously passed the first reading of the proposed truck law Monday night. McCleaf said he expects the council to consider the second and final reading of the law next month.

If it passes, it will go into effect 20 days after passage, McCleaf said.

Controlling truck traffic was discussed during a council meeting last month.

Several residents, including Carolyn Spinney, talked about truck traffic. Spinney said tractor-trailers, farm trucks, school buses and dump trucks often go up North Artizan Street between Potomac and Salisbury streets.

The road can’t handle that kind of traffic and the 25-mph speed limit on the street is ignored, Spinney said.

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