Commissioners approve resolution against Senate bill – The Atmore Advance

Escambia County commissioners approved a resolution Monday to oppose Senate Bill 157 passing through the Montgomery Canals.

The bill seeks to allow heavy truck transportation on Alabama highways and roads.

However, Escambia County Engineer Bill Bridges said the bill would allow for further deterioration of roads across the state.

“This bill flies in the face of our recent progress under the Alabama Reconstruction Act and ignores that our county road and bridge system is still being repaired after 30 years of funding. grossly insufficient and of subsequent deterioration,” Bridges said.

The bridges asked the commissioners to pass the resolution opposing the legislation to show their support against increasing weight limits for logging trucks across the county.

“If passed, SB157 will do substantial damage to our county’s transportation system by allowing a significant increase in the weight that logging trucks can carry on any public road or roadway,” Bridges said. “Specifically, it would increase the allowable gross weight and axle weight of certain logging trucks by 10%, allowing almost 100,000 pounds to be hauled in a single trip. While 10% may seem like fads, in reality physics the weight increase is far more substantial and ultimately doubles the impact on transportation infrastructure.

Bridges went on to explain that by expanding the weight restrictions, federal state funding would be compromised.

“Currently, the state is accessing hundreds of millions of federal dollars each year, in part because our current state law aligns with the weight restrictions of federal law,” Bridges said. “As written, the provisions of the bill would place the state beyond current federal weight restrictions, which would make the state susceptible to being denied certain federal funds.”

Bridges told commissioners that the bill was quickly reviewed and approved by members of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and is now up for consideration by the full Senate. . The decision means that a similar bill will likely be introduced in the House of Representatives in an effort to move the initiative through the legislative process more quickly.

Bridges said he was joined by other county engineers across the state in opposing the provisions of SB157 or other similar legislation or policies. The commission endorsed their support in opposition to the bill.

In other areas, the Commission

• Accepted Paredes Way into the county road maintenance system. The causeway is near the Poarch Creek Indian Administration Building. Bridges said PCI is working to enforce the area’s deed to the county;

• adopted the annual levy of the ad valorem tax;

• Approved a policy allowing deputy sheriffs to retain their service badge and pistol upon retirement. Sheriff Heath Jackson said that currently retiring deputies are unable to keep their weapons or service badges. The policy will allow the possibility of allowing outgoing MPs to keep these items. The cost would be $500 to $600 per officer who retires. Jackson said no retirements are planned, but by putting the policy in place now, those arrangements will be made in the future;

• Approved the relocation of the Little Rock polling place from its current location at the Little Rock Store to the Little Rock Volunteer Fire Department.

Norman D. Briggs