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Apr 30

The fight isn’t over on HWY 151 truck ban

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Tom Isaac’s front yard looks like a wreck.

He says, “I don’t like it, it’s not very pretty.”

That’s because a truck blew through his fence two and a half months ago, but that’s not the first time something like this has happened.

“Probably a dozen since we’ve been here.”

You can still see the tire marks where a tanker truck carrying grain alcohol tore threw the other side of the fence last October. He says every year there are about 29 accidents on this two lane road.

Franklin County resident Homer Nethery says “If they are off just a little bit they’re in trouble.”

Though Isaac may not like it, he’s leaving the tire marks there to make a point. He and more than two hundred other people, known as the “151 Group”, are fed up with trucks using Highway 151 (Graefenburg Road) as a short cut.

Nethery weighs in, “Big deal, five miles to drive around.”

The petitioners slapped the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with a lawsuit last Monday to ban all commercial trucks. After almost thirty years fighting this, under a new administration the state agreed, well sort of.

Isaac says, “What it did is stopped the oversize trucks, but we have a safety issue here it’s not about the truck. It’s about a five miles of road that has travel lanes that are foot too narrow going in both directions, and no shoulder.”

The partial ban covers trucks at least 53 feet long or 8 1/2 wide temporarily until the two parties can work things out in court.

Isaac says, “I’m convinced in my heart we’re going to come to an agreement.”

Besides the commercial truck ban, they’re also asking for a weight and safety survey to be done.

“This road has never been safety tested. It was designed in 1926 and nothing’s been done in this five mile stretch, nothing’s been done except a fresh coat of blacktop.”

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 800 commercial vehicles travel along Highway 151 a day. From 2012 to 2014 there were 88 accidents on that road.

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