board has proposed that the state spend $25 million to increase
the number of parking spaces available for trucks, The Associated
Press reported Dec. 23.
The state Transportation
Strategy Board offered the proposal after a state Department of
Transportation study found an average of 1,200 trucks each night
could not find adequate parking in Connecticut. Robert Hammersley,
a spokesman for the Transportation Strategy Board, said the state
conducted its study after a federal study indicated the need for
additional truck parking.
of up to 600 spaces could be provided under a state Department of
Transportation plan that would reconfigure parking lots at the 13
public service areas in Connecticut.
While the Transportation
Strategy Board did recommend several possible funding sources, Hammersley
said it was up to the governor and the general assembly to determine
how the additional parking would be paid for.
the proposal is not universal on the board, The AP reported.
Board member George Giguere said the state should not be involved
in providing truck parking. Giguere is the developer of two truck
and travel centers in Willington and Southington.
doesn't provide parking for any other business entity," Giguere
told The AP. "Why does the state feel compelled to provide
private enterprise with parking?"
Riley of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut said states
should provide truck parking for public safety reasons.
don't like trucks parking on the side of the road, but you just
can't tell a driver that's run out of hours to move on," Riley
told The AP. "No one wants to see, hear or smell us,
but they want what's in those trucks."