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Westchester County Executive On Trucks Hitting Hutchinson River Parkway Bridges: 'We've Had Enough'

June 01, 2018 - 10:15 am
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RYE BROOK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Westchester County Executive George Latimer fears someone is going to be killed the next time a truck hits a low bridge on a parkway.

"We've had enough," Latimer said.

He is demanding action after an unauthorized truck ended up on the Hutchinson River Parkway and struck the King Street Bridge in Rye Brook on Thursday.

"Everytime there's a bridge strike there's a potential of a fatality, there's a potential of a road closure which is significant," Latimer said.

He wants the state Department of Transportation and the New York Trucking Association to come to his office for a meeting to address the problem.

Latiner believes warnings need to be circulated to out-of-state truckers that there are low bridges on New York Parkways. He also wants bigger, bolder yellow warning signs.

"We painted something on the roadway, we have these little signs, 'commercial vehicles only.' That's not enough to intercept a truck," Latimer said. "We know who is hitting the bridges and why we can't target them more effectively -- every independent trucker with communication from their association and their companies, it mystifies me."

At a few entrances state DOT has installed infrared overheight sensors that trigger flashing lights. In spite of this, wayward trucks continue to stray on to the Hutchinson River Parkway.