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Gov. Paterson announces draft truck traffic regulations

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn said: "This draft regulation breaks new ground by recognizing that highways serve multiple purposes and must accommodate the historical, natural and unique characteristics of our communities, not just traffic. Governor Paterson and the State Department of Transportation heard the concerns of Central New York communities and will work with these communities, businesses, the trucking industry and others across the State to finalize the regulation and implement programs that will control truck traffic, preserve safety and support economic development, environmental protection and local quality of life."

The proposed draft regulation would establish a hierarchy for how trucks should travel the entire State, requiring that large trucks use interstate highways when possible, designated State highways if interstate access is not reasonably available and other State highways only when reasonably necessary.

The proposed regulation must go through the formal rule-making process, which requires a thorough analysis of the proposal's potential costs and benefits and environmental and economic impacts, approval by the Governors Office of Regulatory Reform, a 45-day public comment period and an evaluation of comments received. The rule-making process could take six months or more.

Senator John A. DeFrancisco said: "I applaud Governor Paterson and the Department of Transportation for taking the concerns of my constituents in Skaneateles seriously and joining me to help address this issue. I look forward to studying the draft regulations. Keeping large trucks from traveling on our local roads will help to ensure that our communities remain safe and it will help to improve the quality of life in our towns and villages."

Senator David J. Valesky said: "Governor Paterson's regulation is a victory for the small towns in the Finger Lakes Region and those across the state. For years, citizens have looked for ways to make rural roads safer, and today the Governor and the NYS DOT have answered that call. By restricting large truck access, we will make our villages safer, and reduce congestion and pollution in rural areas. A special thanks is also owed to the Upstate New York Safety Coalition Task Force, a citizens group that has been working on the issue for years."

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