Legislature Approves Warren Truck Ban
Large trucks would be prohibited from using Route 114 as a throughway.
Warren residents are well aware of the congestion that often plagues downtown as Route 114 routinely backs up throughout much of the East Bay. But motorists may soon have less traffic to deal with, thanks to a near-total ban on large commercial trucks, eastbayri.com reports.
The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved legislation to ban commercial trucks and tractors weighing more than four tons from using Route 114 in Warren as a through route. Sen. Walter S. Felag and Rep. Jan P. Malik sponsored the legislation — which does not apply to emergency, state, municipal or school vehicles. Large trucks doing business in downtown Warren would be allowed to travel on 114.
The General Assembly has sent the legislation to Gov. Lincoln Chafee. If he signs the bill, truckers violating the new law would be subject to a $50 fine for a first offense, and $100 for subsequent offenses.
Enforcing the law would take some coordination from both the state and the Town of Bristol, and town council members took steps earlier this spring to communicate with them on logistics of the proposed law.
Truckers who would ordinarily get off Interstate 195 onto 114 would be directed further east to Route 136. From Bristol, they would be directed east on Tupelo Street toward Metacom Avenue. Similar signs would be posted in Barrington, directing trucks east on Child Street, then south on Metacom, to get to Bristol.