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Are restrictions needed on heavy trucks wearing out county roads
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September 6, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. — Adams County supervisors will hold a public hearing to review proposed restrictions on heavy trucks that wear out county roads.

County attorney Scott Slover said he’ll draft a suggested ordinance for supervisors to present to the public before deciding whether to adopt it. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed the problem of larger-than-usual traffic by heavy trucks, such as those tearing up roads going to construction projects.

Supervisors noted the difficulty of determining which truckers are damaging the roads and getting them to pay for it. One suggestion is to require truck owners to be bonded or to prepay an amount of money to reimburse the county for road repairs.
Slover said the proposed trucking regulations could be ready in October for a public hearing to be conducted by the Adams County Board of Supervisors.

In response Tuesday to a constituent’s complaint about too many potholes and tree limbs on Airport Road, supervisors acknowledged much of the 480 miles of county-maintained roads are in bad shape. “Our road system is way behind in Adams County,” said county Supervisor David Carter.

County board President Mike Lazarus said supervisors plan to soon borrow more money through a bond issue and “set aside a significant amount of money” to resurface roads. Noting it costs about $100,000 a mile to lay new asphalt, Lazarus said a goal is to allocate about $500,000 or so a year for road upgrades.




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