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Ithaca Public Works Board Reviewing Ideas to Prevent Runaway Trucks
Monday, July 28, 2014
Ithaca Public Works Board Reviewing Ideas to Prevent Runaway Trucks
The Ithaca City Board of Public Works is set to meet today to begin reviewing ideas to prevent run-away trucks like the one that crashed into a downtown restaurant last month killing one woman and injuring more than a half dozen other people.
 
Proposed ideas range from improved signs to a runaway truck ramp, to a device that could snag runaway trucks.
 
Some ideas are more realistic than others based on feasibility and of course cost.
 
The ideas include a look at existing signage on state routes for trucks to be sure the signs are visible, meet national standards, and if there is enough of them.
 
Another suggestions a is a review of current G-P-S data to make sure that is existing mapping is accurate and that identified shortcuts are able to handle big trucks.
 
The driver behind the wheel of June 20th Simeons restaurant crash apparently followed G-P-S directions that took his rig on a short cut that is not approved for truck traffic; however the driver was making local deliveries or pick-ups which is an exclusion for local truck bans.
 
Ithaca Police are still investigating the crash.
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