Q. I recently saw a tractor-trailer truck travel from Military Cutoff to Market Street via Station Road. Is this legal if he was not making a delivery on Station Road?
A. Apparently not.
Military Cutoff Road is designated for STAA-dimensioned vehicles, which allows three-mile “reasonable access” off STAA routes unless otherwise posted or restricted, said Benjamin T. Hughes, senior assistant district engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation.
STAA trucks were made legal on the national road network by the 1982 federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act. A STAA truck is a truck with a 48-foot semitrailer, an unlimited overall length, and an unlimited kingpin-to-rear-axle distance.
“Market Street is considered a truck-restricted route at the point where Station Road connects. Station Road is a city road (and) I am not familiar with the specifics as to any restrictions,” Hughes said.
Donald Bennett, city of Wilmington traffic engineer, said that city code, specifically Chapter 5, Sections 25-27, prohibits trucks from using city streets for through traffic.
“If the truck has a destination on any given roadway, then it must proceed to that destination from the nearest state roadway,” Bennett said.
Date posted: July 17, 2013
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