Gov. Paterson announces draft truck traffic regulations


Initiative to Begin with Traffic-Calming in the Finger Lakes Region

Governor David A. Paterson and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn today announced a draft statewide regulation aimed at reducing large truck traffic on many state roads across New York.

The Governor and Commissioner Glynn also unveiled plans for traffic-calming initiatives to slow speeds and improve safety on specific routes in the Finger Lakes. Last month, in response to the dangers posed by trucks hauling non-local solid waste across local rural roads in the Finger Lakes and Central New York, Governor Paterson asked the NYSDOT to institute a new policy intended to keep large trucks, with the exception of local pick-up and delivery vehicles, on the Interstate Highway System.

"There are some communities in our State where the local roads have become unsafe shortcuts for big rig drivers who leave the interstate highway system, affecting the quality of life in local communities," said Governor Paterson. "This has endangered safety and hurt the quality of life of these communities -- generating unacceptable noise pollution, posing a threat to pedestrians and bicyclists, and carrying cargo that could endanger important watersheds. This draft regulation is a major step forward in our effort to find a resolution to this issue even as we ensure the speedy movement of freight across the State."

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer said: "The draft regulations today are another win in the string of good news that communities across Upstate have gotten from the Governor's office when it comes to getting these noxious trucks off their local roads, and back on the interstates where they belong, The details released today show that Governor Paterson and the state are serious about working with Upstate businesses, residents and local officials, as well as the trucking industry and other parties, to kick these sorely-needed regulations out the door and deliver peace of mind, safe roads and clean air to communities across Central New York and the Finger Lakes."

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