Trucking Detour Travel Concerns
Updated: Wednesday, March 13 2013, 04:32 PM EDT
Local truckers say a detour around bridge repair on I-26 in Henderson County could cost them tens of thousands of dollars.
The DOT is closing one eastbound lane of the Peter Guice Bridge over the Green River Tuesday.
That detour will require all heavy trucks to take exit 54 and take Highway 25-South to South Carolina Highway 11, which will return truck traffic to I-26.
Local truckers say the detour forces them to travel through South Carolina to make deliveries in Mcdowell, Polk, and Rutherford counties.
They say the North Carolina tax sticker allows them to drive on some state highways.
They can’t take other North Carolina detours because the state limits truck travel on steep and curving roads.
If they travel into South Carolina, transport police can give them expensive citations.
We called the South Carolina state transport police to find out if they could give local truckers a break.
They say they’re checking on exemptions, but won’t target North Carolina truckers because of the detour.
The lane reduction and detour begin 7pm Tuesday.