Senator wants to ban trucks from side roads

| 10/25/2006

Heavy trucks that travel on the state's side roads are "disrupting, distracting and dangerous," according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY - and that's why he's proposing to force tractor-trailers off of the secondary highways and back onto the state's toll roads.

Schumer told The Citizen newspaper that at least 500 heavy trucks leave the major highways each day to avoid tolls or to take shortcuts. That, he said, means congestion and noise in otherwise quiet communities.

Schumer said the state has been reluctant to act, so he'll ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to force states to adopt truck routes that keep 18-wheelers on major highways.

According to the New York Department of Transportation, tolls on the New York Thruway run from about 13 cents to 20 cents a mile for tractor trailers - and about 30 cents a mile for tandems.