New Jersey plans to amend big truck ban

| 2/22/2002

State officials may soon amend a ban that prohibits big trucks off several smaller New Jersey highways. If approved, the changes would restrict trucks from 220 miles of state highways, 65 fewer miles than are currently restricted.

The state Transportation Department formally announced its plan this week to allow 102-inch-wide trucks to return to stretches of 12 highways in nine counties. NJDOT said the proposed changes would allow truckers to connect smaller routes to larger routes and "avoid the roundabout routing necessitated by gaps in the (intrastate access travel) network."

Former Gov. Christie Whitman imposed the ban in 1999 prohibiting big trucks from traveling on roads that were not major highways designated as part of the network. The department has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal at the DOT's Trenton headquarters from on April 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.