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Morgantown bans heavy trucks downtown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday, Sept. 2, to put a heavy-truck law on the books. City staff now have 90 days to try to get the city in position to enforce the law.

Council member Wes Nugent cast the only vote against the law.

Council passed two laws amending the city’s traffic code. The first dealt with the definitions of the terms “heavy trucks” and “downtown business district.”

Based on a recommendation from Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston, a change was made to how violating trucks will be identified.

The original proposed law said “heavy truck” meant a vehicle with a declared gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds … and three or more axles in total.

The issue with that definition, City Manager Jeff Mikorski explained, is that it is not uncommon for vehicles weighing in excess of 26,000 pounds to have fewer than three axles…

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