Truckers may get greater access

There are 11 comments on the May 28, 2008, Asheville Citizen-Times story titled Truckers may get greater access. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Comments on Topix forums : RALEIGH Most North Carolina highways are closed to standard-sized tractor-trailers, but complaints to lawmakers from frustrated business owners could change that.

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“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#21 Jun 1, 2008
I did see an obviously lost trucker the other day out here in Leicester. I was on the short cut road up from the fire department that runs into Newfound Rd. Crooked as a dogs butt.

Poor driver in an Ingles truck was on it and all over the road. Except for the fact he almost made me hit the ditch, I felt sorry for him. It was obvious he was lost. There was a much better route.

Since: Feb 07

United States

#22 Jun 5, 2008
Native Mountain Boy wrote:
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You are so out of touch with reality. I drive locally and there are businesses on every one of those roads that I have HAD to deliver to at one time or another. I can say that one stretch of road that NO truck needs to be on is 64 between Highlands and Franklin. The rest, as much as you may dislike it, are necessary for business deliveries.
74A? Businesses in Gerton like Manual Woodworkers and a couple of motels. We route our Bat Cave and Lake Lure freight through Hendersonville, but guess what? If we have a delivery to Gerton, we have to go UP 74A and, since there is no place to turn around when you are headed UP, then you can't get back DOWN. At that point, there IS no solution but to go forward.
64 W of Brevard? Geez... Lake Toxaway, Sapphire, Cashiers and Highlands. I run that twice a week. It's not that bad.
215? Rosman research station has to have their stuff and so do the tomato packers on the other side of the mountain.
276? From Brevard, no. From Waynesville? Yes. That's one of two options for delivering to the Pisgah Inn. The other is the BR Parkway, which we are permitted to do, but choose to go 276 the majority of the time out of respect for the FRIGGIN' TOURISTS!!!
Trucks wear roads down, but the trucking companies not only pay extra fuel taxes, but they also pay highway use fees and several other fees just to run on those roads, so your argument about not paying more taxes is unjustified. Your problem is that you just don't like trucks. Period. If you or anyone else is traveling through the mountains and you happen upon a curve when a truck is coming around it, just slow down and ease over a little. That precious 10 seconds you lose isn't going to kill you. Or maybe it could if you don't learn to adjust your driving from a flatland setting to our lovely mountain terrain. Trucks are everywhere. You can't avoid it, so educate yourself on how to drive around them. Please visit the following website to learn how to drive safely with trucks on the highways:
http://www.sharetheroadsafely.org/noZone/what...
My assumption is that you are not one of the idiots driving the "big rigs" through 74A from the top of the mountain (Gerton) through Fairview through Asheville.

If you can stay left of center and not damage the road, or what little of a shoulder there is ... more power to you.

If not, then this isn't a road that you should be on to begin with, and I would like to see the SHP up here more to actually cite the idiots who use this road illegally (yea, it's still off limits to 53 foot trucks, per the Governors office) and go left of center.

I am willing to also poke along behind you as you try to navigate the road at 10mph while you are watching your brakes heat up. NO Jake Breaking, though please.

Receivers should suck up the cost, and send their freight by carriers that use smaller trucks. One of the priviledges of doing busines in an area that is as pristine as this one is being able to have good roads for the tourists that they sell their crap to, to travel on.

M2C

“Tired of the B.S. since 1968”

Since: Sep 07

Hendersonville, NC

#23 Jun 6, 2008
Skidoo wrote:
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My assumption is that you are not one of the idiots driving the "big rigs" through 74A from the top of the mountain (Gerton) through Fairview through Asheville.
If you can stay left of center and not damage the road, or what little of a shoulder there is ... more power to you.
If not, then this isn't a road that you should be on to begin with, and I would like to see the SHP up here more to actually cite the idiots who use this road illegally (yea, it's still off limits to 53 foot trucks, per the Governors office) and go left of center.
I am willing to also poke along behind you as you try to navigate the road at 10mph while you are watching your brakes heat up. NO Jake Breaking, though please.
Receivers should suck up the cost, and send their freight by carriers that use smaller trucks. One of the priviledges of doing busines in an area that is as pristine as this one is being able to have good roads for the tourists that they sell their crap to, to travel on.
M2C
Usually a 48 footer, sometimes a 40 footer, never a 53 footer and always with a day-cab. Big difference having a day-cab. I wouldn't attempt that road with a sleeper and a 53 foot trailer. They don't need to be there. No argument from me. That and the route I take is usually not my choice. Like I said about the BR Parkway and a few other "off limit" routes... if you have either permission or permits, then you can go wherever. Thanks for being nice by following and not passing in a curve. Yes, it's happened to me and, yes, on that stretch of road. Guess what the colors of the license plate were?
Terminal

Lenoir, NC

#24 Jun 5, 2009
A driver from FL. See I was born in FL and it isn't our faults... in FL we complain about the damn yankee drivers or the old people from the north who move there to drive slow and crappy... it's the halfbacks from NY who move to FL then to NC... not the FL natives... I PROMISE!!=]

I agree this would be a very tragic regulation that would most likely be revesed due to incidents.
Sharon L Kitchen

Townsend, GA

#25 Jun 8, 2009
All those that drive big rigs ,never fear..........NCDOT is here.
They plan to make alot of huge road ways 4 laners or more with truck turn-arounds and stop over areas......map sites and more. They will probably be blasting mountains to achieve this.
Go to NC DOT and under TIP or county of interest put in the county number. You can even get maps.
US 28 will become a complete new road ending at Iotla Valley.
They have more to come......they plan to be busy.
Hope no one owns a home/subdivision/land in any of these areas..........
Sharon L Kitchen

Townsend, GA

#26 Jun 22, 2009
hey......check out citizen-times article.......$400 million in road work for WNC.....by Shuler.......told ya'...........
Sharon L Kitchen

Townsend, GA

#27 Jul 6, 2009
Wow........NCDOT planning responds to demand for transparency.....Macon News 7/2/2009......
Seems Gov Perdue wants more transparency....and counties have to have plans "before" a TIP.....oh gee........
yep,includes Macon county.....but do not fret.....
of course regional impact and ave daily traffic will remain factors.....only Jackson county has a completed CTP for the RPO......but do not worry...they will look at all roads with borders of Tenn/Ga/SC.....of course all RPO's need to be in draft form and in by Sep."so if people have heartburn", Joel Setzer, the DOT division engineer , wanted to find about it earlier not later.Sherby will run the numbers on all the exsting projects .......august should be all the counties review time.........see told ya.
Sharon L Kitchen

Townsend, GA

#28 Jul 8, 2009
7/8/09 Smoky mountain news........441 corridor plan poised for passage.......see told ya.

so it starts..........

HURRY GO AND TAKE THOSE PICTURES NOW OF THE MOUNTAINS..........
Sharon L Kitchen

Townsend, GA

#29 Jul 21, 2009
Week of 7-13-09........those that want alot of roads.....your wish may come true........
Go to: NCDOT then put in all those TIP #'s for division 14........wow all those roads that will be connected.

Now if you like the mountain terrain......ups.

Since: May 09

newton,nc

#30 Aug 4, 2009
now for my 2 cents worth yes some road were not meant for large trucks in the mountains but do these people who are against truckdrivers not realize how there food and clothing get to them, by a big truck, I had to quit due to health reason and I sit and listen all day to the 4 wheeler drivers complain, that same one is the one who thinks its cool to pull out in front of usthinking that we can stop do they not realize how long it takes us to stop suddenly even doing the posted speed limit. I know I am rambling here but it irks me that they think that we are the bad drivers wish they had to go have a physical just to keep there drivers license and pass all the test that we have too just to prove that we good enough to drive and handle an 18 wheeler, oh and not all of us are burly nasty people not many are that way anyway just thats what they see on tv I am all of 5"4" little girl who drove a big freightshaker(freightliner to those of you who didn't know what that was like I said my 2 cents worth and as far as the taxpayers dollars paying for the road, I would gladly buy your tags and insurance on your car if you would pay mine I had to renew mine just to keep it going this year and it was $2800.00 just for the tag and thats not insurance. it does not include the fuel tax stamps I have to buy to go through each state, so when you think that we just tear up the roads well by golly we pay more than our fair share to drive on these roads also
Sharon

Townsend, GA

#31 Aug 5, 2009
martyb36 wrote:
now for my 2 cents worth yes some road were not meant for large trucks in the mountains but do these people who are against truckdrivers not realize how there food and clothing get to them, by a big truck, I had to quit due to health reason and I sit and listen all day to the 4 wheeler drivers complain, that same one is the one who thinks its cool to pull out in front of usthinking that we can stop do they not realize how long it takes us to stop suddenly even doing the posted speed limit. I know I am rambling here but it irks me that they think that we are the bad drivers wish they had to go have a physical just to keep there drivers license and pass all the test that we have too just to prove that we good enough to drive and handle an 18 wheeler, oh and not all of us are burly nasty people not many are that way anyway just thats what they see on tv I am all of 5"4" little girl who drove a big freightshaker(freightliner to those of you who didn't know what that was like I said my 2 cents worth and as far as the taxpayers dollars paying for the road, I would gladly buy your tags and insurance on your car if you would pay mine I had to renew mine just to keep it going this year and it was $2800.00 just for the tag and thats not insurance. it does not include the fuel tax stamps I have to buy to go through each state, so when you think that we just tear up the roads well by golly we pay more than our fair share to drive on these roads also
I understand your complaints. I think they are very valid. I have alot of trouble from those same type of drivers that think they own the road,or they are the only ones on the road. They are not. Their attitude usualy causes a wreck.
I am just very concerned that the beautiful areas in the mountains will become flat and everything will wind up looking like Atlanta. That place is a mess.Even with 6 lanes of traffic-both ways. Smog. Horrible. I just hope the NCDOT saves some of the mountains.When I moved to Altanta.....many years ago I-95 was just a 2 lane road. The country was just that. Country. Now all the surrounding counties are nothing more than an extension of Atlanta. Houses overbuilt. The county commissioners planned to overbuild and recorded this in one of their meetings 20 years ago. So now.....in a new house,people have to take turns running the water. What a shame. The commissioners that made those changes, of course, do not live there. They are not bothered with the everyday living problems.But back to roads. I realy do understand truck drivers problems.I also think that all drivers should be muich more thoughtful when they are behind the wheel.This includes all vehicles. People in general should be more thoughtful period.
I am also very sorry you have health problems. I do also. Life just is very hard after injuries. I know.
Take care.

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