Schumer takes on truckers in Skaneateles

Senator visits Skaneateles; pledges to get Feds involved in truck traffic issues

Those who live and work along Route 20 in the village of Skaneateles know it isn't all bicycle bells and birdsong. Those along the lake roads can agree, as Skaneateles has been a route for big truckin' traffic for more than three decades.

Bill Eberhardt, who owns a home along the main village thoroughfare, as well as the Sherwood Inn, said, "I've been here 32 years, and it's been an issue that's been steadily and progressively evolving to a point where it's a real concern."

While being interviewed by a News10Now reporter he said, "There you go. Right there. You can't talk if the front porch windows are open or the bedroom (guestrooms). I have to double-rock (sheet) every room. Do insulated doors."

Despite complaints in Skaneateles and in small communities all across the Finger Lakes, it's a problem that just keeps getting worse.

Skaneateles Mayor Bob Green joined together with Barbara Clarry, the former town supervisor in Owasco, to form a taskforce to try and reroute big rigs off rural routes, back on to the major roads.

The problem is trucks are trying to avoid costly tolls on the Thruway and inspections along the interstate, and truckers have found these shortcuts that can cut time off long haul runs.

New to the traffic woes are trash trucks. The opening of the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls has instigated a steady stream of garbage laden big rigs through the Finger Lakes from New York City and Northern New Jersey.

The people in small towns like Skaneateles have a new ally in the battle, New York's senior U.S. Senator.

"At least 500 trucks daily leave the Thruway or I-81 and come on the small state and country roads. The number of commercial vehicles exiting the thruway around Syracuse has more than doubled since 2003," Senator Charles Schumer said.

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