If you were driving along Macon Road near Midland on June 2nd, then you probably would have thought you were on the set of a science fiction movie. People dressed in hazmat suits were walking around and cleaning the ground to make sure everyone would be safe when they reopened the westbound side of the road. And why were these people cleaning hazardous material from the highway? A truck crash.
The Dangers Trucks Pose To Georgia Drivers
Luckily, no one was injured when a truck carrying the hazardous chemical tetramethylammonium hydroxide—which is used to etch metal—rolled and spilled its contents all over the highway, but it could have been a much different story. Months ago, we brought you the story of a group of Georgia Southern University students who were killed in a collision with a tractor trailer—and the settlement their families received on their behalves. Now, officials in Atlanta want to do something to keep accidents like this from hurting more innocent people.
Will Trucking Lanes Make Georgia Safer?
A $2.06 billion highway expansion has been proposed for sections of Interstate 75, from Interstate 475 all the way to Ga. 155 in McDonough. This expansion would be a no toll truck only lane, and with the port in Savannah expanding and the state’s population rising, officials are hoping that a dedicated trucking lane will help cut down on gridlock. However, some experts are still skeptical.
The Georgia Department of Transportation did a study on adding truck only lanes to the highways of Atlanta, and quickly ruled the proposal out, but when they looked at the section of I-75 between Macon and Chattanooga, they were less critical of the possibility.
Dedicated trucking lanes could not only help traffic move, but it could also help separate smaller vehicles from the dangerous and sometimes overloaded cargoes that 18-wheelers haul. Do you think dedicated trucking lanes are a good idea? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
This has been brought to you by the truck accident attorneys at the McArthur Law Firm—fighting for Georgia with over 30 years of experience.