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Williams County Commission Reduces Weight On Roadways

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On Monday, the Williams County Commission decided to reduce the amount of gross weight on local roadways. Many people have had mixed emotions on this ruling.

The roadways in Williams County are filled with cars, motorcycles and a lot of trucks. The new weight reduction will have the most impact on all those truck drivers.

“I can see both sides of the coin as they say to protect the roads because that's what we all relay on,” says truck driver Michael Fisher. “And the heavy trucks definitely causes destruction to some of them.”

Like Fisher, others understand how the constant weight effects the roads.

“It is needed. Like when the roads start getting destroyed and tore up by the people driving on them," says Wayne Aberle of the Williams County Commission. “The trucks and everybody else then we have to take measures to try to preserve some of the roadways so we had to reduce the limits.”

Aberle says this is the second time they put restrictions on the roads. Two years ago they closed the roads for a short time.

“They’re going to affect how much we can load depending on, what the material is and where it's going.“If you put restrictions on the loads, you're just going to create more trips being made to location.,” says Todd Lash of A&A Trucking.

Lash also says he and other trucks drivers just need to follow the rules.

“The weight issue has to comply with the rules. For the people hauling the this stuff,  it is not going to like it. They would like the best. When the conscious decisions have been made and debated, the right decision will prevail,” says Fischer.

Aberle says the weather plays a big part in the road restrictions. An inch of rain has a dramatic effect because of the frost.

Aberle added by tomorrow at 8 a.m. Williams County will go back to the regular load restrictions.

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