The nearly 800 trucks that travel Kentucky’s KY 151 will need to find a new route.
Last week, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that trucks are now banned from KY 151 in Anderson and Franklin counties in Kentucky following a series of CMV crashes. The roadway has been removed from the National Truck Network.
“After a deliberate review of all safety factors and recommendations, it is incumbent upon the Cabinet to take immediate action limiting the amount of truck traffic on Graefenburg Road,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “We have also met with local industry leaders and determined this action will have a minimal impact on their businesses. I commend our partners at FHWA for expediting the order.”
“The official action allows the Cabinet to temporarily ban Surface Transportation Act of 1982 (STAA) vehicles with a trailer length of 53 feet or 8 ½ feet wide from traveling on KY 151. Commercial vehicles that fall under the size limits including box trucks, farm and construction vehicles, garbage trucks and local deliveries are exempt from the order,” a statement from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet states.
Trucks are required to take exit 53A on Interstate 64 to U.S. 127 south. A milage allowance from U.S. 127 and I-64 will allow trucks access to local businesses located along KY 151.
At this time, the ban is not permanent. For final approval, the Kentucky Cabinet will work with the FHWA on seeking a permanent ban. A formal notice for plans on a permanent ban will be submitted to the Federal Register.