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Public comment period for truck regs now open

Sen. John A. DeFrancisco announced Wednesday that a 45-day public comment period for truck traffic regulations proposed by New York state has begun.

"The regulations are designed to create a balance between quality of life for residents of the Finger Lakes region who are affected by the traffic, and legitimate business of truck drivers and businesses who provide services to the area," DeFrancisco said.

With these regulations, businesses are protected with a provision that local pick-ups and deliveries will not be impacted. Also, a 25-mile rule will permit large trucks to travel on the seven excluded highways if restricting their travel to state qualifying highways or other state highways will add more than 25 miles to the truck's one-way trip.

DeFrancisco said he applauds Gov. David Paterson and the state Department of Transportation for taking the truck traffic concerns seriously and also for joining him to help address the issue.

"I encourage all concerned residents, businesses and organizations to provide input to the NYS Department of Transportation on these important regulations during this comment period," DeFrancisco said.

The draft regulations can be viewed at the New York State Department

of Transportation Web site at nysdot.gov/portal/page/portal/programs/truckpolicy.

Letters can be mailed to NYS DOT (Truck Regs), 50 Wolf Road, Albany,

NY 12232 or by e-mail truckregcomment@dot.state.ny.us or by phone at (518)

457-2345.

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