Lawmakers will discuss Route 9 safety

Apr 30, 2008 Read more: Bennington Banner 9
Local legislators will meet with state officials today to discuss the state's response to recent crashes on Route 9 in Woodford. Read more
George G

AOL

#1 Apr 30, 2008
I'm curious if there's a possibility to widen the lanes to 2 lanes per side but with a cement barrier (or a guard rail) in the center so the rigs/semis has enough space so if there's ever a roll-over, only 1 side of the road (East or West) will be closed and not the entire road all together? Hopefully that'll help (depending on how high the cement barrier will be stacked) and traffic can still travel East or west. Hopefully if this does'nt work then something else would work up there in Southern VT.

Your reader here in Lakeland, FL;
George
George

AOL

#2 Apr 30, 2008
I'm curious if there's a possibility to widen the lanes to 2 lanes per side but with a cement barrier (or a guard rail) in the center so the rigs/semis has enough space so if there's ever a roll-over, only 1 side of the road (East or West) will be closed and not the entire road all together? Hopefully that'll help (depending on how high the cement barrier will be stacked) and traffic can still travel East or west. Hopefully if this does'nt work then something else would work up there in Southern VT.

Your reader here in Lakeland, FL;
George

(I dont know which message will reach the bennington banner page. this is confusing. both are the same messages)
Amy

Wakefield, MA

#3 Apr 30, 2008
I cannot believe the comments in this article from Senator Dick Sears. Route 9 is a mountain road, and one that has very adequate signage along its way warning of the steep grades, etc. These truck accidents were driver error! The first reports from the accident two weeks ago which resulted in two deaths, stated that the truck driver doesn't like shifting down!!!!! He was extremely inexperienced, and even admitted to NOT securing his load back in Brattleboro. THIS IS THE DRIVER'S FAULT NOT THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD!!!!!!
Last week's accident was also the driver's fault - she did not check and secure her load, and had faulty brakes which are the driver's responsibilty to check! She knew she'd lost her brakes BEFORE the truck escape ramp!!!!! Thank God no one else was hurt or killed because of this inexperienced driver. This is not happening because of the road, but because these people are given CDL licenses before they should be and allowed to take an 80,000 pound rig over the road! THEY are the ones responsible for making sure their loads are secure, and to adhere to the signage on any road. This is absolutely absurd of the senator to say these accidents are due to the condition of the road....IT IS UP TO THE DRIVER of any vehicle; be it a car, truck, or any other motor vehicle, to be aware, and to take all safety pre-cautions. Licenses are a privelege not a right, and these truck drivers are clearly at fault for these accidents.
Amy from Bennington VT

Wakefield, MA

#4 Apr 30, 2008
Amy wrote:
I cannot believe the comments in this article from Senator Dick Sears. Route 9 is a mountain road, and one that has very adequate signage along its way warning of the steep grades, etc. These truck accidents were driver error! The first reports from the accident two weeks ago which resulted in two deaths, stated that the truck driver doesn't like shifting down!!!!! He was extremely inexperienced, and even admitted to NOT securing his load back in Brattleboro. THIS IS THE DRIVER'S FAULT NOT THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD!!!!!!
Last week's accident was also the driver's fault - she did not check and secure her load, and had faulty brakes which are the driver's responsibilty to check! She knew she'd lost her brakes BEFORE the truck escape ramp!!!!! Thank God no one else was hurt or killed because of this inexperienced driver. This is not happening because of the road, but because these people are given CDL licenses before they should be and allowed to take an 80,000 pound rig over the road! THEY are the ones responsible for making sure their loads are secure, and to adhere to the signage on any road. This is absolutely absurd of the senator to say these accidents are due to the condition of the road....IT IS UP TO THE DRIVER of any vehicle; be it a car, truck, or any other motor vehicle, to be aware, and to take all safety pre-cautions. Licenses are a privelege not a right, and these truck drivers are clearly at fault for these accidents.
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wankee

Bennington, VT

#5 Apr 30, 2008
perhaps if these truckers were stepping on the brake pedal instead of jake-braking, they would realize they are going way too fast or their brakes are not working properly. I see them jake-braking all the way down that hill which explains why cars following them never see the brake lights come on.
Peter Lorin

Netherlands

#6 Apr 30, 2008
May I as a reader from far-away Sweden suggest a possible solution for the accident-prone section of VT State Route 9 on Woodford Mountain between Woodford Town and Bennington.
Provided the existing road width is sufficient, a cement/concrete barrier or guard-rail might be put in place to divide the lanes, just as George G of Lakeland, FL, suggests above.
That solution might even allow enough space for two, slightly narrower lanes for traffic travelling from Bennington up Woodford Mountain towards Woodford/Brattleboro, thus allowing overtaking of slower tractor-trailers. In the opposite westerly direction from Woodford towards Bennington a single lane might suffice considering the steep descent.
Such an option would no doubt drastically cut the risk of head-on collisions and has been tested extensively with extremely positive results here in Sweden over the last ten years by the Swedish National Road Administration.
hillbilly

Wolcott, CT

#7 May 1, 2008
wankee wrote:
perhaps if these truckers were stepping on the brake pedal instead of jake-braking, they would realize they are going way too fast or their brakes are not working properly. I see them jake-braking all the way down that hill which explains why cars following them never see the brake lights come on.
um... the Jake brake PREVENTS the brakes from burning up going to the hill and should ALWAYS be used, in ADDITION to the air brakes. Both these recent accidents were obviously drivers who did NOT use enough of either. At least one of them was noted to have smoking brakes as they approached the corner. How about requiring trucks over 10,000 lbs come to a full stop in the currently available pull off just up hill of the truck escape ramp, and a huge ticket for non, compliance?
Ex-trucker in VT

Bennington, VT

#8 Jun 4, 2008
hillbilly wrote:
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um... the Jake brake PREVENTS the brakes from burning up going to the hill and should ALWAYS be used, in ADDITION to the air brakes. Both these recent accidents were obviously drivers who did NOT use enough of either. At least one of them was noted to have smoking brakes as they approached the corner. How about requiring trucks over 10,000 lbs come to a full stop in the currently available pull off just up hill of the truck escape ramp, and a huge ticket for non, compliance?
It was a failure to use lowest gear going down a steep winding and unfamiliar grade. Engine brakes don't keep a truck from speeding, they just help reduce RPM's. A driver should know how to drive a truck without a engine brake. The transmission and the brakes are meant to help keep the vehicle at a safe speed.
Real Vermonter

Charlestown, MA

#9 Sep 16, 2008
SLOW DOWN!

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