The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation imposed a 10-ton weight limit on a 7-mile stretch of Saxonburg Road, also called State Route 2010, through Summit and Jefferson in Butler County.
Frank Mouser, the posted road coordinator for PennDOT District 10, which includes Butler County, said the department wanted to prevent any further deterioration to that section of road. The weight limit allows PennDOT to charge companies that haul heavy loads over the road and cause damage.
The road is in good condition, Mouser said, but trucks hauling heavy loads for the timber, coal or shale-drilling industries could damage the pavement.
The road has not had much heavy-load traffic, Mouser said. A shale-drilling company is planning to use the road to access a well, he said.
“With the Marcellus industry in the area, we assumed any future hauling of that nature would cause damage so we proactively posted it,” Mouser said.
The 10-ton weight limit went into effect June 11.
Any company wishing to haul a load in excess of the weight limit must notify PennDOT before using the road, Mouser said.
PennDOT will then examine the road before and after the truck travels on it to determine if the load caused any damage.
Aaron Aupperlee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7986 or email@example.com.
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