Adrian S. Gray: Be fair with trucks

To the editor:

OK, we in the trucking industry understand that most people do not like truck traffic.

But, if we are to be fair about this whole situation, then let us review who pays the most to use the roads here in our fine state.

I can tell you that your car registration fee is miniscule in comparison to that of a straight truck, meaning one without a trailer.

Now, let us add the fee for the trailer and insurance for the equipment, load and un-insured motorists, as well as liability insurance, and your monthly mortgage payment has now been surpassed.

Do a little homework, and you will realize that we pay for more of the roads than you pay, and yet we have to listen to you gripe and complain because of your disrespect and impatience.

I would personally love to see all truck traffic diverted around town, mainly because where the trucks go, the money follows.

Wal-Mart doesn't have a problem with trucks. Check out their parking lot. Truck parking is allowed.

Put your loud mouth to good use and fight for a good route.

Get us out of town on the current route, and we will have to listen to you complain about having to slow down when a west-bound truck turns south onto First Street, and you have to slow down to let him complete his turn.

Or if you get stuck behind a truck at First and Ranney streets, and have to wait for north- and south-bound traffic to clear far enough for a loaded truck to cross that intersection.

Then we get off the bypass, and you have to slow down because a loaded truck is trying to climb the little hill north of the city.

Adrian S. Gray

Maintenance Manager for the company with the shop just a little north of First Street, the company that employs more shoppers than any of the downtown businesses

Comments

George Robertson 4 years, 9 months ago

Hmm another side to the story.....what a concept! Every man made object that you touch in a day has at one point been on a truck. Roads are paid for largely by the taxes that are added to the cost of a gallon of fuel (including deisel), so yes the truckers DO own the road. Thank you Adrian

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lonelyone 4 years, 9 months ago

About a bazillion years ago my grandparents owned a trucking company, so I have no problem with truckers personally and am greatful for the jobs you do. It just seems to me that even tho you say you pay for most of the roads through all the different fees, your the one tearing them up the most too. But aside from that, Don't you guys get mad too cuz the damn 4 wheelers are in your way when you want to make a turn on Victory and Yampa? Don't you get mad when your driving down Victory way and all the little guys are pulling out in front of you or cutting you off here and there? I would think that a truck route that would get you out of all that would actually make your life easier. If you were using first street and I knew that's where all the semi's would be, I'd probably avoid that street for the most part. But if I did use first street and got behind a trucker trying to get across the intersection I'd not complain to much because I don't think I could be any more frustrated then the trucker trying to get across that intersection!

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workinprogress 4 years, 9 months ago

Lonelyone Interesting comment about us tearing up most of the roads. If anyone can show me where we have tore up the road, they are more than welcome to come to the shop and escort me to the damaged area. We have been traveling on the same stretch of road for more than five years and I can't think of any single place that is in worse shape than it was five years ago. I do admit that some stretches of the road are rough, but as with anything, normal wear and tear ensues with use. I have not noticed the old ruts in the highway becoming larger because of truck traffic. As a matter of fact, the route we take has remained as it was before we started hauling our product. But let's look at the route you want us to take and immediately we note a HUGE pothole at the rail crossing on the far east end of First street. We don't use First Street unless there is some sort of function taking place on the streets of Downtown Craig. I also notice that the far-right lane heading East into Craig is rough, not due to ruts, but due to manhole covers, water main shut-offs, or sewer portals at the surface of the street. Once again, we pay for the road and we plan on using it. Adrian Gray

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