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Why do they allow heavy trucks on Shipyard Boulevard?

Ken Little
Shipyard trucks

Trucks pull out of the Port of Wilmington on Shipyard Boulevard on May 16, 2011. (StarNews file photo)

Shipyard Boulevard is a U.S. primary route (U.S. 117) and as such, legal weight/size loads cannot be restricted, said Donald Bennett, city of Wilmington traffic engineer.

“Each overweight/oversize load must be permitted, and as such, the type of truck/trailer moving it must be designed so the per-axle load is no more than the legal load,” he said.

The road is owned and maintained by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The N.C. DOT’s Division of Motor Vehicles has the responsibility for checking truck weight and enforcing legal load limits.

Bennett said that Shipyard Boulevard is in the N.C. DOT’s five-year resurfacing plan, which was just sent to his office in February 2012. The project may be one of the first on the list, Bennett said.

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3 Responses to “ Why do they allow heavy trucks on Shipyard Boulevard?”

  1. On February 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm Trey wrote:

    Really how do you think the move containers to and from the port, I would think the name would be a give away.

  2. On February 16, 2012 at 11:08 am Steve Zandy wrote:

    I guess our new yankee residents want to stop the moving of port traffic on Shipyard Blvd. Who these people think pay the bills in this town?

    The Port of Wilmington has always been a lifeline of this county and state. This goes back to founding of the city.

    What other route does container traffic have to get out of the port?? Are you suggesting that they all should use Carolina Beach Road? Let the people who have studied traffic patterns and design do their jobs. It may not be a perfect science, but better than letting people who move here tell everyone else what they can do.

  3. On February 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm Will wrote:

    I agree. The name of the street says it all.

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