Big rigs banned from Avon Mountain

| Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Connecticut Traffic Commission voted to ban all trucks weighing 26,000 pounds or more from Avon Mountain until the beginning of 2008.

The ban was called for after a tractor-trailer sailed into the air, landing in a nearby furniture store in early September at the base of the mountain.

The ban does not immediately go into effect. The state is waiting for signage to be fabricated and placed on the mountain before officially enacting the ban.

However, an enforcement blitz on the mountain already has truck traffic diverting to alternate routes – which already has residents along those routes calling for beefed-up enforcement, the Bristol Press reported.

The truck ban and stepped-up enforcement followed up the launch of a statewide truck inspection program in the wake of the most recent Avon Mountain crash.

The program is expected to run through Friday.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, 14 inspection teams made up of 30 inspectors have been deployed to target commercial trucks that ignore federal and state safety regulations.

On Monday alone, 110 vehicles were inspected, 38 were placed out of service and $23,730 in fines were handed out, according to the Republican American.

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