by complaints from residents, a measure that prohibits heavy-truck
traffic on a narrow and congested stretch of state Route 114 in
downtown Bristol, RI, is now law.
directs most big rigs more than 4 tons away from the stretch of
Route 114 between Gooding Avenue and state Route 136.
to the banned area would be granted to certain vehicles exempted
from the restriction, such as commercial vehicles with a local delivery
or pick up. Violators could be fined $50.
are certainly aware of the need for truck traffic to move through
Bristol on the way to and from the Mount Hope Bridge,” the bill’s
House sponsor, Rep. Fausto Anguilla, D-Bristol, said in a recent
statement. “We are also aware of the potential and real dangers
of truck traffic in this area, and aware of the continuing concerns
of residents about these heavy trucks moving along this section
of road. Route 114 in this area is just not conducive to large,
heavy trucks, and this bill addresses and rectifies that situation.”
became law July 23 without the governor’s signature.