Warren supervisors OK Reliance Road truck ban; Frederick board must approve before going to state

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — A truck ban on Reliance Road is one step closer to reality.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board prohibit trucks on the road during its Tuesday meeting.

Reliance Road is narrow and tractor-trailers rarely are completely on the proper side of the median, said Supervisor Dan Murray, who lives on
Reliance Road.

While most of Reliance Road stretches across about five miles of Warren County, about one mile is in Frederick County. For that reason, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors also must support the resolution for further action to be considered.

The Frederick County Supervisors planned on holding a public hearing regarding the issue Wednesday night. The outcome was not available at press time.

A Virginia Department of Transportation study revealed that about 36 tractor trailers travel Reliance Road daily. The road serves as a four-mile shortcut for trucks traveling from Interstate 81 to the Virginia Inland Port, Murray said.

Trucks using the shortcut are allowed a 5 percent overload, whereas overweight vehicles are not permitted on Interstate 66.

Murray initially requested the ban at an October board meeting. Adoption of approving a resolution was delayed to coincide with the Frederick County Supervisorsí decision.

Tractor trailers on the road are often 2 feet over the median and exceeding the speed limit, Murray said. One incident involved a vehicle being side-swiped by a tractor trailer, Murray said.

"This is strictly a safety issue," Murray said.

While there have not been any tractor trailers involved in head-on wrecks, many vehicles are forced off the road, Murray said.

That presents an issue because there are steep drainage ditches along many areas of the road, he said.

"You just donít have enough room on the pavement for two vehicles, particularly if one was a school bus and one was a truck," County Administrator Doug Stanley said.

Only trucks that are not making a stop in Warren County would be subject to a fine, under the proposal.

It would not affect quarry trucks and others making local deliveries.

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