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Providence restricts heavy trucks on select streets amid bridge closure

Providence has decided to impose a ban on semi-trucks that exceed a certain weight limit on some city streets, reported The Providence Journal.

What's happening: The city has seen an increase in heavy truck traffic due to the closure of the Washington Bridge, sparking concerns over potential infrastructure damage and reduced quality of life for residents.

  • Officials have set weight limits to protect city streets and bridges, with trucks over 50,000 pounds now restricted from Angell Street, Waterman Street, and Gano Street.
  • Exemptions apply to city-owned, garbage, and trucks with parking intentions alongside restricted roadways.

Enforcement: Truckers not adhering to the new rules may face $200 fines. Providence City Council is requiring a second vote to pass the ordinance.

Mayor Brett Smiley highlighted the urgency of the situation, with the bridge closure expected to last two years. The weight limit ordinance aims to "preserve both our infrastructure and our local quality of life."

The ordinance's introduction aligns with efforts to manage the long-term impact of the bridge closure on Providence's streets and its citizens.

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