KYTC seeks to remove KY 151 from National Truck Network

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Amid safety concerns stemming from a series of truck-related crashes, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will petition the Federal Highway Administration to remove KY 151 (Graefenburg Road) in Anderson Co. from the National Truck Network.

“Graefenburg Road is simply too narrow to accommodate the increasing amount of commercial vehicle traffic seen daily,” said acting Secretary Greg Thomas.  “By implementing this action, we can reduce the amount of truck traffic, extend the lifespan of pavement and potentially decrease the number of vehicle crashes.”

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The Cabinet is currently in the process of submitting an emergency petition that would limit commercial trucks with trailers from traveling on KY 151.  An emergency order would expedite the waiting period to remove the designation by approximately a year.

If approved, trucks will be encouraged to take exit 53A off I-64 to U.S. 127 south. Access to local industry would not be affected due to statutory provisions allowing reasonable access, which includes delivery terminals and service facilities.

Although KY 151 meets the nominal federal requirements for commercial traffic, a recent series of commercial vehicle crashes has raised concerns about the appropriateness of the designation.  The most prevalent type of crash involves trucks veering off the roadway, which seems to imply that the roadway and shoulders are too narrow or the truck is too large.