The following is from New York State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti:
“It’s become more than obvious that the Department of Transportation engineers do not know how to communicate with truck drivers,” said New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (92nd AD) as he again repeated his call for the installation of height barriers at the entrances to Westchester parkways after a truck hit a Hutchinson River Parkway bridge this morning.
“The paint is barely dry on the DOT’s warning signs newly painted on the parkway pavement, and we have another truck-bridge collision,” said Abinanti, referring to DOT’s latest effort to stop trucks from hitting bridges. “We need to communicate with truck drivers before they enter parkways.”
Abinanti’s proposed law would require the DOT to install height-restrictor bars across the entrances most frequently used by oversized trucks to discourage trucks from entering the parkways.
Abinanti noted that similar height barriers are already used to keep large and heavy vehicles out of parking lots and other low-ceiling structures. A similar physical device stretches across the northbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan. Then a county legislator, Abinanti first suggested installing these physical warning devices in 2001 to protect the Bronx River Parkway.
“Trucks on parkways are a hazard not just to bridges but to passenger vehicles legally on the roads,” said the Westchester Assemblyman. “How many more bridges have to be hit before we take effective action!”