Despite warning signs, it seems that rarely a week goes by without an oversized truck entering a restricted parkway and smashing into a low bridge. Nearly 200 trucks a year hit bridges and overpasses statewide, according to the state DOT, with more than 70 percent of those occurring in this region, AAA New York said in a report released this week.
“Westchester County parkways are the worst statewide for these types of crashes. These incidents cause massive traffic delays and impose significant costs on taxpayers,” said AAA New York spokesman Robert Sinclair.
The latest one happened Wednesday, when a tractor-trailer carrying frozen steaks slammed into the Manville Road bridge on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Pleasantville, forcing the parkway to be closed for more than six hours.
State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti said this week he was proposing legislation to require height restriction barriers on the entrances to some Westchester parkways. Last month, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer urged the federal Dept. of Transportation to require GPS devices used in trucks to alert drivers when they enter a restricted parkway.
Officials have said out-of-state truck drivers using GPS devices often wind up on the parkways without realizing it.
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(Crews tend to a tractor-trailer damaged when it struck the Manville Road overpass on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Pleasantville Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The truck was carrying frozen steaks, police said. The accident closed the northbound parkway for more than six hours. Lee Higgins/The Journal News.)