City of Tonawanda to truck drivers: Stay off Young Street. After at least the 57th time a tractor-trailer has crashed into the Young Street CSX railroad bridge since 2000 – with three crashes in just the last two weeks – Mayor Rick Davis decided enough is enough. Thursday morning, Davis issued an executive order prohibiting truck traffic on Young Street between the Fremont Street Bridge and the Vietnam Veterans Highway on/off ramp. The order reads: “The length of term of the Executive Order is indefinitely. I have asked our Police Department to step up Patrols in the area and have zero tolerance ticketing policy." City workers were busy Thursday making new signs to warn truck drivers that they need to find another route. "Something simple like: No trucks," said Police Capt. Fredric Foels, who has meticulously kept track of the crashes between the trucks and the bridge since 2000. They're expected to be posted in the next week to 10 days. Staff News Reporter Maki … [Read more...] about You asked, we answered: Why do trucks keep hitting that Tonawanda bridge?
Tractor trailer gps for truck
For the third time in less than a month – and at least the 57th time since 2000 – the driver of a tractor-trailer misjudged the height of the Young Street CSX railroad bridge and gotten wedged underneath. This latest time, it happened at about 9 p.m. Monday. City of Tonawanda Police Capt. Fredric Foels said a 25-year-old Canadian man from Brampton, Ont., caused "a bit of damage" to his trailer when it got jammed under the 11-foot-6-inch bridge. He was able to back the trailer himself and police officers stopped him on Delaware Street. The driver told the officers that he forgot his commercial GPS – which warns drivers about height restrictions – at his home and was using the GPS on his cellphone instead, Foels said. The driver, whose name was not released, was issued three tickets. Police said he was hauling paper products. Truck gets stuck under bridge in City of Tonawanda. Again. … [Read more...] about Not again. Yes. Again. Truck gets stuck underneath Tonawanda bridge
Friday February 8, 2019 07:09 PM What has become of our society when we trust information from a satellite orbiting in outerspace more than what is plainly obvious through our senses? Written by Steven Henshaw The yellow warning signs on both sides of the railroad bridge over Leesport Avenue in Onteluanee Township state in black letters, “11 FT 7 IN.” In case there's any doubt about what that length refers to, the sign's designers included a pair of arrows indicating it's the distance from the bottom of the iron span to the road surface. That doesn't stop some truckers from trying to drive their rigs through this space. Time and time again, 18-wheelers get their trailers wedged under the bridge. “Their excuse is always 'My GPS sent me that way,' ” said Ruth Manmiller, administrative assistant for Northern Berks Regional Police Department. What has become of our society when we trust information from a satellite orbiting in outerspace more than what is … [Read more...] about Steven Henshaw: Truckers find themselves in tight spots by blindly following GPS
An 18-wheeler rests on parts of the collapsed Dale Bend bridge over the Petit Jean River near Ola on Thursday in Yell County. A California man said his GPS led him down a one-lane dirt road in rural Yell County, where the weight of his 18-wheeler collapsed a historic bridge over the Petit Jean River on Wednesday night. Harjinder Singh, 35, of Corona, Calif., was ticketed for driving a truck that was 64,000 pounds too heavy for the bridge, said the dispatch supervisor at the Yell County sheriff's office, who didn't want her name in the newspaper. "GPS was wrong," Singh told a reporter. "I was sleeping." He then hung up. Singh apparently meant he was sleeping when the reporter called on Thursday afternoon, not while driving over the bridge. The dispatch supervisor said Singh had driven about 4 miles down Dale Bend Road before he got to the bridge, which is about 3 miles north of Ola as the crow flies. "When he fully committed to Dale Bend Road, he couldn't have turned around," said … [Read more...] about GPS leads trucker to collapsing bridge
By Gary Richards | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group September 28, 2018 at 5:45 am Q: Of all the Bay Area backups, one of the most unnecessary is Interstate 238 westbound to Interstate 880 south. Just $100 of paint and half a night of crew work could split the middle lane resulting in two lanes south, two lanes north, and less accidents, traffic delays and dive bombers. What is preventing this simple fix? Jay Smith, Redwood City A: Because its not so simple. Caltrans traffic operations officials say your solution would lead to more traffic on nearby Interstate 880, jamming up that key north-south freeway which is often now at a standstill. Until that issue is resolved, nothing will be done. Q: I was driving on Interstate 580 over the Castro Valley/Dublin grade passing dozens of tractor/trailer rigs with shipping containers on them. I’m guessing they were coming from the Port of Oakland. One of them was belching enough black smoke from its exhaust … [Read more...] about No quick fix for 238 to 880 merge: Roadshow