by complaints from residents, the Rhode Island House and Senate
have approved a measure that would prohibit heavy-truck traffic
on a narrow and congested stretch of state Route 114 in downtown
Bristol. It now heads to the governor for approval.
introduced by Sen. Mary Parella, R-Bristol, would direct 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 that are
exempted from the restriction such as commercial vehicles with
a local delivery or pick up. Violators would 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 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.”