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UPDATE: Quorum court discusses road weight limits

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JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

In Jackson County, economics and safety are reasons for new weight limits on the county roads.

An ordinance that was discussed in Thursday night's quorum court meeting involving the establishment of weight limits on county roads and bridges passed unanimously.

According to Judge Jeff Phillips, this ordinance is not only to protect Jackson 43 from damage caused by heavy vehicles, but it is also to help protect those drivers from roll-over accidents that have happened in the past.

Phillips stated that even though GPS sends truck drivers down Jackson 43, they will now have more signs that would direct them back to a safer truck route.

"We've went through and added more signage and hopefully that if they do exit, they see the signage and then get right back on the interstate and go down to the next road which would be a normal road for truck traffic to be on,” said Phillips.

Phillips said if drivers were to ignore the weight limit signs, they would be penalized with a fine.

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A quorum court meeting is being held tonight in Jackson County over an ordinance that will allow the County Judge to establish weight limits on county roads and bridges.

This comes after several large trucks had been seen taking county road 43 to get to and from their truck stops instead of taking their regular truck routes.

According to Tommy Young with the quorum court, this ordinance will protect the roads from damage caused by heavy vehicles.

It will also set up penalties for drivers who violate the weight limits.

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