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Bill would let heavy trucks block roads

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers from some of Kentucky's
coalfield counties are backing a bill to give heavy trucks the
right to block public roadways as they unload.

House Bill 409 is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ancel Smith of
Leburn in Knott County, who says the legislation is needed for coal
mining and road building.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday that the bill would
give heavy coal and road-equipment trucks the legal right to block
public roadways for up to 60 minutes as they unload cargo.

If more time was needed, the bill would allow operators to buy a
permit for between $500 and $1,000 that would allow them to block
the road for up to four hours.

A spokesman for the state Transportation Cabinet said the bill
"it raises questions about safety."

Chuck Wolfe said current law "has a careful and thorough
permitting procedure for movement of overweight, overdimension

If such trucks must block highways for a short time, "we
require escorts and law enforcement for traffic control," he said,
noting that the state picks "a non-peak time, middle of the night,
whenever feasible" for unloadings on public roads.

Smith's bill has been sent to the House Transportation
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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