Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Governor Signs Law To Keep Cattle Trucks On I90

Governor Gregoire signed a law yesterday to keep large trucks carrying cattle off area roads and on I90.

I have been hearing from a local Sheriff's Deputy about allegedly hundreds of commercial cattle trucks, some from Canada, that use Trent Avenue to avoid I90 in order to bypass the port of entry weigh station. Well, if they're caught doing that in the future, they'll face a $1,000 fine.

State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, was the prime sponsor of the bill. He says it's important because the inspections can detect sick animals and large trucks travelling on roads not built to handle heavy loads can break the roads down.

2 comments:

Charles Hansen said...

Before they started working on the bridge at Barker road there was a steady stream of trucks through Rathdrum and in towards Spokane and then turn off at Barker road back to the freeway. Guess they have not heard that the Barker Road bridge is working again. Hope this helps keep the trucks on I90.

SRTC Staff said...

I see them on Harvard Road all the time, cutting across from Trent to I90 at Liberty Lake. And Harvard Road definetely shows the wear and tear. As always, the key will be enforcement.

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