County needs to take a hardline approach on trucks

Published 11:24 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

County supervisors are mulling over how to resolve a problem local drivers of large, semi-trucks are causing.

We urge supervisor to take a firm and swift stand.

The problem is arising from tractor-trailers being driven onto county roads that are not meant for such heavy loads.

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As a result the trucks are tearing up the roadways.

For most people who are not civil engineers or working in heavy construction, a road is a road.

Sans differences in widths, from the surface, all roads look alike.

It’s just asphalt, correct?

But the truth is roads can be built vastly differently, for different purposes.

Highways, for example, are built to withstand extremely heavy loads. Neighborhood roads are typically designed for much lighter loads, like passenger cars and trucks.

While it seems rather harmless to consider a truck driver simply wanting to be park his or her rig close to home overnight, the reality is it causes big problems.

Just like the bridge that recently collapsed on Artman Road when a truck that was clearly over the posted weight limit of the bridge tried to cross it.

In the same way the truck owner owes the county for repair costs for the collapsed bridge the county much hold semi-truck operators responsible for damages to county roadways as well.

It may seem harsh, but an outright ban, followed by firm enforcement, may be the only way to curb the problem.