Regulating High Rollers

New road networks proposed for truckers

Back Article Oct 1, 2012 By Rich Ehisen

Despite changes to the goods-movement industry, many transportation experts believe trucking will always be the nation’s primary mode of freight delivery. Now, transportation officials are looking for new ways to ease traffic congestion and improve the way heavy trucks interact with cars and communities.

Federal lawmakers in 1982 implemented a national network of designated truck routes mandatory for rigs over 53 feet in length. A new proposal would build a four-lane truck corridor in Southern California. A similar expressway is under discussion for the Central Valley.

These new corridors would theoretically ease both traffic congestion and diesel pollution. And, if they required a toll, the revenue could pay for highway infrastructure needs.

While the California Trucking Association vehemently opposes tolling existing roads, they support tolls for new infrastructure. New roads, however, are expensive and often rife with environmental and right-of-way challenges that make them cost prohibitive.

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