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State: Oddly placed truck warning on Hutchinson Parkway NOT a mistake
Posted By Theresa Juva-Brown On November 30, 2012 @ 3:40 pm In Hutchinson Parkway | Comments Disabled
(The questionable truck warning just past the Weaver Street Bridge northbound on the Hutchinson Parkway. Frank Becerra/The Journal News/LoHud.com)
Many motorists have been convinced that workers must have made a mistake when they recently painted a truck warning just past the Weaver Street Bridge on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway.
Drivers wondered: Shouldn’t the “No trucks Low Bridge” message on the road be placed BEFORE the bridge so truckers can stop in time?
What appears to be a mistake is not, state DOT spokeswoman, Jennifer Post, told The Journal News/LoHud.com today.
That particular warning is “intended to warn about an upcoming bridge at Mamaroneck Road, which is quite low at 9 feet, and is struck frequently,” she said.
Some trucks can safely clear the Weaver Street Bridge, leading truckers to falsely believe they can clear the others, she said.
“It’s properly placed in order to warn of a low bridge coming up and provide them with an opportunity to exit at Herkimer Road,” she said.
Since the warnings have been added in the last week, there have been no reports of truck/bus drivers alerting police that they mistakenly got on the parkway and had to pull over, said Kieran O’Leary, county police spokesman.
That’s because most the warnings are in locations where truckers can safely get off at the next exit, he said.
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