I was driving with a friend on route 221 through Greene County on Sunday to go bicycling on the Greene River trail near Rices Landing, and we found ourselves behind a brine water / residual waste truck -- presumably full of frack waste -- between Dunn Station and Ruff Creek.
1. The truck had no license plate! The side of the truck said Curry Supply.
2. The truck often took up most of the road, creating a hazard for oncoming traffic.
3. There was severe road damage on route 221, perhaps from these wide, heavy frack trucks. When I biked this road about two years ago, the edges of this road were not crumbling like this. Damaged roads can cause a) crashes for bicyclists or motorcyclists, b) damage to car tires and suspensions, and c) additional safety problems as cars & trucks swerve to avoid holes in the road.
I'd like to visit Greene County again to go bicycling on its (formerly) nice roads but these safety issues make me think twice. The gas industry should pay for their share of this road damage, since this appears to be so far beyond normal road wear.
I suspect all heavy trucks have to abide by the same rules, which basically are, or used to be:
You must take the route all on state roads to make the shortest use of the local roads.
Also our township, along with others nearby, were given the choice of Chesapeake upkeeping and fixing the local roads, or our municipality upkeeping and fixing them and sending the bill to Chesapeake. Our twp selected to let chesapeake fix/upkeep them, which has been working remarkably well from what i see.
I biked route 221 in 2008 and the surface was not like this at all. When you're bicycling you're very aware of the road surface, whether it's rough or smooth, clean or gravely, much more so than a car driver. Whatever caused big chunks of route 221 between Prosperity and Ruff Creek to get worn away has happened mostly since 2008. Has there been an increase in logging trucks as great as the increase in gas/fracking trucks, in those years? Do the logging trucks weigh as much as frack trucks?
Jim Mills said "I very much doubt a gas or associated vehicle would be driving around without tags". Well, this one was! See the pictures!
Country roads are just that country roads. They weren't made for lots of heavy trucks or bicycles for that matter. They were made for getting from point A to point B regardless of the roads' condition. If the road you are talking about is the one in the picture, then count your blessings on having such a great country road.
That truck in the picture is abit less than 12 inches wider than my F250 ford truck, so the argument about taking up a lot more of the road is nonsense....you use common courtesy when driving on narrower country roads when approaching another vehicle, as I do everyday on the way to work. Pulling over and stopping happens frequently with two cars/trucks passing each other.
Also, that truck looks very very new....guess where the temporary license is supposed to be put by law....yep on the Cab window. I can't believe for a second that this truck isn't licensed...it would cost the company many thousands of dollars if caught...not that there aren't bad trucking companies out t here.
If the trucks did the damage, they will be fixing it or they will forfeit their bond on it. Of course the state will spend the money however they see fit and probably not on the roads that generated the money.
I have to say this, and don't take this personal please...but....Bicyclists have no business on a road that might be hazardous to them, period. Sometimes I wish for the days of the 60's-80's when our road was a dirt and gravel road...no bicycles, no motorcycles, no fancy pants cars, just farm tractors, trucks, ordinary cars, manure spreaders,etc and maybe a horse now and then. I don't want a paved road, street lights or municipal water...If i did i'd move.
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