PITTSFIELD -- Special legislation is being sought to institute a ban on heavy trucks on a section of Pecks Road.
The ban, if approved by the Legislature and governor, would ban tractor-trailers and other large vehicles that aren't making deliveries or performing other services in an area bordered by the Lanesborough town line and the intersection of Valentine Road and Highland Avenue. The goal is to halt large trucks from using the route as "an unofficial bypass" of Pittsfield and to reduce wear and tear on the road.
In a vote this week, the City Council signed off on the measure, with one councilor opposing it.
Ward 6 Councilor John Krol said it was previously unclear to him that the ban would extend to the Lanesborough line. Opposition that's already expressed by Lanesborough officials would likely result in the Legislature rejecting the proposal, according to Krol.
"I don't disagree with this," Krol said of the ban. But he insisted any opposition would lead to rejection of the ban at the state level. Krol had proposed a shorter section of road for the ban.
However, Ward 7 Councilor Anthony J. Simonelli, who earlier had proposed the ban, and Ward 4 Councilor Christopher J. Connell spoke in favor of the ban as proposed. Ultimately, the council, with Krol voting against, approved sending the measure to the Statehouse.
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