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Adams County board reviews road regulations for truckers
from Staff Reports - NEWS
October 3, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors listened Monday to truck operators against a proposed regulation that they be bonded or prepay an amount of money to reimburse the county for damages caused by their heavy road use.

County board President Mike Lazarus said an option could be requiring truckers to get a permit and follow routes on roads suitable for heavy truck traffic rather than imposing the more burdensome financial requirement.

The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing as it develops ways to control larger-than-usual traffic by heavy trucks that tear up county roads and pay for the damages they cause. Supervisors have “got to do something to make sure (roads) are repaired,” said board attorney Scott Slover.

However, timber company owner Billy Ulmer said log-truck operators should not be held financially liable for road damages caused by “normal day-to-day business.” He suggested Adams County do what Copiah County does: require truckers to get special permits and follow routes set by county officials. Lazarus said the board will review this policy and could adopt a version for Adams County.

County supervisors are wrestling with the difficulties of determining which truckers are damaging roads and getting them to pay for repairs. It costs about $100,000 a mile to lay new asphalt, Lazarus said. Adams County maintains about 480 miles of roads. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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