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Apr 30

“151 Group” reacts to state’s semi-truck ban on HWY 151

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – ABC 36 News caught up with Tom Isaac, the spokesman of the “151 Group”, which represents more than 200 residents who live along Highway 151, also known as Graefenburg Road, in Franklin and Anderson counties.

They’ve been petitioning the state since last fall. And for Isaac it’s personal. He’s had a dozen trucks end up in his front yard, and in the last four months he says there’s been three tractor trailer crashes on the four to five mile stretch of highway.

Just five days ago the 151 group slapped the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with a lawsuit asking for a ban on all commercial trucks. Unlike other administration’s Isaac said he’s thankful Governor Bevin heard their message loud and clear. Yesterday the state transportation cabinet enacted a temporary partial ban on large trucks (53ft long or 8 1/2 ft wide) traveling on Highway 151.

On Monday the group’s attorney will be in Franklin Circuit Court setting a date to mediate the situation with the state. As part of that lawsuit they’re also asking the Transportation Cabinet to do a safety survey and weight testing.

Isaac says, “We feel that it’s fair to have these studies and we have information from the Department of Transportation. This road has never been safety tested. It was designed in 1926 and nothing’s been done in this 5 mile stretch, nothing’s been done except a fresh coat of blacktop.”

Isaac says the two lane road is two feet too narrow, and without a shoulder there’s no room for error.

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