Highways Only for Trucks Might Be Here Soon
Does the idea of a truck only highway pique your interest? Is it something you would be for?
Georgia might be the first state to have the first highway dedicated to trucks, a separate highway for trucks. The idea is that it would be a 40 mile stretch of toll-free highway from the metro Atlanta area to Macon. It would have its own entrances and exits too. This was proposed to reduce congestion for regular car drivers, noncommercial vehicles. The reason this is being brought up? State transportation officials say that truck traffic is expected to double by 2040.
Projected cost: $1.8 billion
A high price to pay for the state of Georgia. There is some hesitancy towards the project but there is an expect general engineering consultant to be selected at the end of this year.
Highways or The Low Ways
Research on the project done by the state transportation has shown that it would reduce delays on that interstate by 40 percent. Still, no one knows if it will be worth the money and if it will work. But how can someone be certain if they haven't or won't try? If the truck only highway works out, it can really help with other populous areas in the U.S. Safety is another point in this project. There were 4,317 people who died in crashes involving large trucks in 2016. This according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A new type of highway would reduce those numbers.
Would you like highways like this? Do you have another idea of what could work to reduce congestion and increase safety? Or do you like how things are now? Let us know in the comments below! You can also comment on our Facebook.