A would-be proposal that
could have restricted trucks to the right lane on many of Illinois’ four-lane
highways will stay on the drawing board. Instead of formally introducing it,
the state senator who announced the intended proposal will try to persuade
truckers who pass through her district to drive in the right lane.
The lawmaker, state
Sen. Susan Garrett, D-Lake Forest, has long expressed concerns about truck
traffic on U.S. 41 north of Chicago. The number of semis on the road increased
this year after Illinois hiked the costs for trucks on the nearby Illinois
Garrett took several
steps to alleviate the situation. Before the tolls went up, she negotiated with
the Tollway to lower the increases for trucks in some cases. And she said
earlier this year she would propose a bill to require the lane restriction on
any four-lane or larger state highway in Illinois that has residential
intersections and cross streets.
However, an official with Garrett’s office told Land Line Tuesday, April 5, that the senator would not introduce the bill. Instead, she
plans to work with the Illinois Department of Transportation to place signs
along U.S. 41 between Chicago and the Wisconsin border asking that trucks stay
in the right lane on the road.
An aide to Sen. Garrett said the senator would wait and see
how well the voluntary effort worked before taking any further action.