Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 13, 2010
BOARD APPROVES THROUGH-TRUCK RESTRICTION FOR SECTION OF ROUTE 116 IN FRANKLIN AND ROANOKE COUNTIES
SALEM—The Commonwealth Transportation Board at its monthly meeting in Roanoke last week approved a through-truck restriction for the 12.6-mile section of Route 116 (Jae Valley Road/Jubal Early Highway) that extends between Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) in Franklin County and Route 809 (Sunnyvale Street) in Roanoke County.
The restriction means tractor-trailers and combinations in excess of 28 feet will be prohibited from traveling as through traffic on this section of Route 116. The restriction was implemented because of the difficulties tractor-trailers have navigating this curvy section of roadway.
The restriction affects only through traffic and will not prohibit tractor-trailers of any length from making business deliveries on Route 116.
VDOT plans to install the signs on the restricted section of Route 116 sometime in early 2011. Local law enforcement will be responsible for enforcing the restriction.
Route 220 is designated as the primary alternate route to Route 116 for tractor-trailers and combination in excess of 28 feet. Traffic on the northern end of Route 116 can use Bennington Street/Thirteenth Street and Route 24 (Jamison Avenue/Elm Avenue) to access Route 220. Traffic on the southern end of Route 116 can use Route 40 (Old Franklin Turnpike) and Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) onto Route 220. The alternate route will increase an effective vehicle’s travel by 22.3 miles and add about 32 minutes to travel time.
In accordance with section §46.2-809 of the Code of Virginia, through trucks can be restricted on roads in the limited cases where it will promote the health, safety and welfare of the public without creating an undue hardship on transportation users. For primary roads like Route 116, the CTB approves or denies requests for such restrictions.
As part of considering the truck restriction, the boards of supervisors in both Roanoke and Franklin counties held public hearings and passed resolutions. VDOT also conducted an engineering study which examined how tractor-trailer combinations of various types and lengths use Route 116 and held a public hearing.
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