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Police: Big trucks get stuck

A truck driver was cited Friday after he got his rig stuck in a sharp curve on Miller Lane while attempting to take a shortcut to a local industry.
Last Monday night, Massie District Supervisor Frank Conner asked a Virginia Department of Transportation official to place signs at each end of Miller Lane, to warn truckers not to use that road as a shortcut between Old Route 100 and Bob White Boulevard.
Conner said trucks have used the road as a shortcut from time to time, often getting stuck in the curves that are too sharp for the trucks to negotiate. However, with the closing of Newbern Road for bridge repairs, he said he expects the problem to only get worse.
State Trooper M.A. Newberry said he knew of at least two trucks that got stuck on the road this past week.
He charged Friday’s truck driver with being on a restricted road with an over-length tractor-trailer.
According to Newberry, the driver of the truck saw a sign on Route 100 that indicated there was a detour to James Hardie ahead. Being unfamiliar with the area, the driver didn’t know if the detour would get him to his destination — which was not James Hardie.
Newberry said the trucker decided he needed to find an alternate route, and his Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) device suggested Miller Lane.
Even though there are no signs prohibiting oversized trucks from using the road, the trooper said truck drivers should have a book that identifies every restricted road in the commonwealth. He said restricted roads prohibit vehicles over 65 feet long.
The driver in Friday’s incident was unaware of the book, he noted.
“It’s up to the driver to know what roads are restricted,” Newberry said. He noted it is common for new truck drivers to “depend on technology” for navigation, but technology doesn’t always give the best advice.
Newberry suggested all truck drivers carry a copy of the book of restricted roads with them.
In the meantime, Newberry said State Police instructed VDOT to place signs at the road entrances strictly prohibiting tractor-trailers, at least until Newbern Road is re-opened.
The supervisors suggested Monday that the road permanently be off limits to big rig traffic. Several months ago, the supervisors voted to prohibit tractor-trailers on Robinson Tract Road due to trucks getting stuck in curves.
Newberry said the signage makes it a lot easier to prosecute the cases in court.
Friday’s 72-foot-long truck was able to back up and pull forward repeatedly to work its way out of the jam. The truck on Monday wasn’t as lucky.
Newberry said the truck that got stuck Monday had to be lifted with a wrecker to get it out. While police were at that scene, he noted, they had to turn around four or five additional trucks that were trying to use the road.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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Police: Big trucks get stuck

A truck driver was cited Friday after he got his rig stuck in a sharp curve on Miller Lane while attempting to take a shortcut to a local industry.
Last Monday night, Massie District Supervisor Frank Conner asked a Virginia Department of Transportation official to place signs at each end of Miller Lane, to warn truckers not to use that road as a shortcut between Old Route 100 and Bob White Boulevard.
Conner said trucks have used the road as a shortcut from time to time, often getting stuck in the curves that are too sharp for the trucks to negotiate. However, with the closing of Newbern Road for bridge repairs, he said he expects the problem to only get worse.
State Trooper M.A. Newberry said he knew of at least two trucks that got stuck on the road this past week.
He charged Friday’s truck driver with being on a restricted road with an over-length tractor-trailer.
According to Newberry, the driver of the truck saw a sign on Route 100 that indicated there was a detour to James Hardie ahead. Being unfamiliar with the area, the driver didn’t know if the detour would get him to his destination — which was not James Hardie.
Newberry said the trucker decided he needed to find an alternate route, and his Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) device suggested Miller Lane.
Even though there are no signs prohibiting oversized trucks from using the road, the trooper said truck drivers should have a book that identifies every restricted road in the commonwealth. He said restricted roads prohibit vehicles over 65 feet long.
The driver in Friday’s incident was unaware of the book, he noted.
“It’s up to the driver to know what roads are restricted,” Newberry said. He noted it is common for new truck drivers to “depend on technology” for navigation, but technology doesn’t always give the best advice.
Newberry suggested all truck drivers carry a copy of the book of restricted roads with them.
In the meantime, Newberry said State Police instructed VDOT to place signs at the road entrances strictly prohibiting tractor-trailers, at least until Newbern Road is re-opened.
The supervisors suggested Monday that the road permanently be off limits to big rig traffic. Several months ago, the supervisors voted to prohibit tractor-trailers on Robinson Tract Road due to trucks getting stuck in curves.
Newberry said the signage makes it a lot easier to prosecute the cases in court.
Friday’s 72-foot-long truck was able to back up and pull forward repeatedly to work its way out of the jam. The truck on Monday wasn’t as lucky.
Newberry said the truck that got stuck Monday had to be lifted with a wrecker to get it out. While police were at that scene, he noted, they had to turn around four or five additional trucks that were trying to use the road.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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