Marcellus truck traffic not kind to Pa. roads

Put a 45-ton drilling rig on a road rated for 10 tons and bad things tend to happen.

In northern Pennsylvania, traffic from heavy equipment en route to Marcellus Shale wells has extensively damaged roads, including state Routes 1001 and 1007 in Bradford County that were shut down for repairs after they became unsafe.

In Broome County, engineers, lawyers and policy makers are considering plans to deal with similar truck traffic anticipated with Marcellus Shale development. The county is holding a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a proposal to require county permits for vehicles that exceed certain weights.

The meeting is scheduled in the Legislative Conference Room on the 6th floor of the County Office Building, 60 Hawley Street, Binghamton.

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