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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

PennDot Posting Weight Limits In Natural Gas Drilling Areas

Gas drilling brings new rules, concerns

Weight restrictions on some roads may raise costs for businesses

By G. Jeffrey Aaron • jgaaron@gannett.com
Star Gazette

With an eye to protect secondary highways from damage from heavy natural gas exploration trucks, PennDOT has started to post 10-ton weight restrictions on several Bradford and Tioga county roads.

But the unintended victims of the state policy could be local trucking companies that use the same roads for their business.

"We have a lot of secondary roads that don't have the structure to support heavy truck traffic, and the new road postings are in response to the increase in heavy truck traffic resulting from natural gas exploration," said PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason.

"The only avenue we have available to us for repairing them is to post the roads and require a bond from people that use them."

Mason said the majority of the newly posted roads are in areas of natural gas drilling activities. More...

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

Fairnes Ask: Being the local trucking companies use the same roads, why would they be unintended victims? Is there something special about their truks that does not harm the roads??? That may be why secondary roads through out Pa. are in such BAD shape, local truckers are given special leeway???

Anonymous said...

This is just to twist the arm or pocket books of the drilling companys.mo money!! Read the story above this one .Same thing bleed them until they leave!!!

Anonymous said...

the real problem is that the State has not put funds into the rural road or bridge system for years, now it is catching up. For years all the funds went downnstate. All one has to do is look at the budgets for each of the counties and you can see where the money goes. Its yours to look at under the freedom of information act.

Anonymous said...

"That may be why secondary roads through out Pa. are in such BAD shape, local truckers are given special leeway???"

Are you kidding me? Try owning a fleet of trucks in PA and then we will talk!

BAD decisions by Rendell to spend the money trucking companines paid in to the state in areas like Philly and Pittsburgh instead of on the roads local truckers run on.

Heavy highway use tax
Apportion Registration fees
Fuel Tax
Road Tax
Tire Tax
Fed & State Sales & Use Tax
Unified Carriers PA Tax
P.U.C. assessment Tax
Road bonds...
and the list goes on, ya maybe that is "special leeway"! Duh!

Anonymous said...

It appears that Rendell is looking for one more way to discourage business in PA. IF there were NO heavy vehicles traveling any of the state's roads and bridges, where would we be? Would there still be potholes and rusty bridges due the weather changes, natural aging, and minor shifts in the underbeds of our roads? Who would he tax then...Mother Nature?

Little Johnny the Flatlander said...

The problem with you people is that you want your cake frosted and served on a silver platter with a chilled fork and a glass of milk. Look beyond the tip of your stuck up noses and take a look at the big picture for once. If the trucks travel the roads and ruin them....you complain....if they don't travel them and there are less jobs...you complain.....if Ed tries to save money....you complain....if he spends money....you complain.....

Anonymous said...

Little Johnny,
I hate most of your posts.
your 4:52 is pretty good
Ryan

Anonymous said...

Johnny,
Can we change your name to little dickie? Brad (:

Little Johnny the Flatlander said...

Thanks Ryan. I know that I am sometimes more outspoken that I should be. I love coming to Potter County...it is a beautiful place to live or visit. The residents are great people for the most part, but I get tired of hearing...me, me ,me when we need to work together and start thinking...we,we,we....

By the way...the Dutch Hill tomatoes are awesome!!! Can't even get them like that in amish country!!!