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Truckers get new warnings on pavement of Hutchinson Parkway

Posted By Theresa Juva-Brown On November 20, 2012 @ 5:09 pm In GPS,Hutchinson Parkway | Comments Disabled

[1]Roadside signs obviously haven’t been enough to stop trucks from wandering onto the Hutchinson Parkway, so officials are now trying to get the attention of truckers from the ground.

My colleague, Ken Valenti, said a warning spray-painted on the northbound pavement near Exit 16 reads: “No Trucks. Low Bridge.”

I reached out to the state DOT for more details, but I haven’t heard back yet.

As The Journal News/LoHud.com has reported extensively over the years, trucks have been a long-time problem on the Hutchinson Parkway, which has low overpasses that tractor-trailers can’t clear.  Trucks are banned from the region’s parkways, but many out-of-state truckers don’t know about a law and apparently don’t see the signs posted at the entrances.  Officials have struggled for years to figure out how to stop these costly and potentially fatal crashes.

Lawmakers have suggested measures like parkway alerts on GPS devices and  height barriers at parkway entrances.

Have you seen these new warnings on the Hutchinson Parkway, and do you think they could work?

(Sacks of potatoes are lined up off the shoulder of the southbound Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale on June 29, 2011, after the tractor-trailer carrying them struck the Mamaroneck Road bridge. Journal News/LoHud.com file photo)

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