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Height Restrictors Urged At Westchester Highway Entrances

New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has called for greater measures to stop trucks from using Westchester parkways.
New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has called for greater measures to stop trucks from using Westchester parkways. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

RYE, N.Y.-- New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-92nd District) has repeated his call for the installation of height barriers at the entrances to Westchester parkways after a truck hit a Hutchinson River Parkway bridge on Monday.

Abinanti’s proposed law would require the Department of Transportation to install height-restrictor bars across the entrances most frequently used by oversized trucks to discourage them from entering the parkways.

Abinanti noted that similar height barriers are already used to keep large and heavy vehicles out of parking lots and other low-ceiling structures. A similar physical device stretches across the northbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.

“Trucks on parkways are a hazard not just to bridges but to passenger vehicles legally on the roads,” Abinanti said in a statement. “How many more bridges have to be hit before we take effective action?”

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