City officials will consider a resolution of opposition against “heavier and longer” trucks being allowed on roadways.
City Administrator Russell Rost told the personnel, finance and public works committee this week that he was contacted by the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, an organization concerned about highway safety.
“They’ve found that dramatically heavier and longer trucks would increase damage to roads and bridges,” he said.
State and federal level legislators are proposing increases to the size and weight of tractor-trailers on roadways.
“Infrastructure in Missouri is seriously underfunded at a level of 25 percent per road mile of the national average, leading to 50 percent of roads being rated in poor condition according to TRIP, a national transportation research group,” the proposed resolution states.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation completed a study in 2015 identifying dramatically increased crash rates in trucks exceeding the 80,000-pound standard.
“The resolution points out that our impact would be U.S. Highways 50 and 47,” Rost said. “Our proximity to (Interstate) 44 eventually would be another impact.”
Mayor Mike Livengood said more weight doesn’t need to be added to the roads.
Rost said cities are struggling with maintaining roadways as it is.
“We don’t need something that will create more maintenance issues. It’s counterproductive,” he said.
The resolution will go to the board of aldermen for its consideration Monday.
If it is adopted, the resolution will be sent to state and federal legislators.