Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Feb. 28, 2012
THROUGH TRUCKS RESTRICTIONS ON TWO ROADS IN WARREN COUNTY
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation has placed through-truck restrictions on two adjacent roadways in Warren County. On Route 624 (Morgan Ford Road) the 1.7-mile restriction is from Route 643 (Howellsville Road) to Route 661 (Fairground Road). On Route 661 the 2.5-mile restriction is from where Route 624 turns into Route 661 and extends to Route 702 (Baugh Drive). The restriction applies to trucks that measure 30 feet or longer.
Both Route 661 and Route 624 are narrow with no shoulder areas. There have been various times when large trucks try to travel this roadway and become stuck in ditches due to tight curves and the slope of the road. These incidents cause traffic backups. Also there is no place for large trucks to turn around once drivers realize that they cannot proceed due to the unsafe nature of the road for these types of vehicles.
On Route 624 the Morgan Ford Road Bridge is posted for 10 tons, which means vehicles over 10 tons cannot use the bridge. Considerable deterioration is occurring on the bridge and heavy larger trucks could cause permanent damage to this structure.
Following feedback from the Warren County Board of Supervisors concerning Route 624 and Route 661, VDOT conducted a “Through Truck Restriction Study” in January 2012 and submitted this document to the Warren County Board of Supervisors. VDOT and Warren County officials concluded that the through truck restrictions are necessary on these two routes.
Signs for the restrictions on Route 624 and Route 661 were installed on February 22. Truck drivers should be aware of these new restrictions and use alternate routes.
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