County officials push to lift low weight road restriction

County officials push to lift low weight road restriction

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) - Weight limit restrictions have raised some concerns for Tuckerman area farmers.

Both farmers and county officials are pushing for improvements.

Justice of the Peace and Tuckerman farmer Tommy Young said the biggest concern is Highway 37.

“U.S. 67 was built years ago," Young said. "It dissected Tuckerman and Grubbs. That dissection made it to where the use of Hwy. 37 into Tuckerman from Grubbs became illegal and farmers have to go 25 extra miles.”

Young said that problem created another issue.

“The city of Tuckerman has a posted no heavy weight road into town," Young said. "And we are pushing Hwy. 37 to be a heavy weight road.”

Young also said the weight limit restriction is 64,000 pounds and modern trucks hold 80,000 pounds.

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In Tuckerman, a meeting was held last month at city hall voicing Hwy. 37 concerns.

Those in attendance included all branches of government.

Young also attended a Farm Bureau convention last month and spoke to legislators about statewide rural road conditions.

Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips said he is working with Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Scott Bennett to help improve the road issues.

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