OAK HILL, WV (LOOTPRESS) – It’s official, drivers of semi-trucks longer than 55 feet can now be ticketed for traveling along Route 61 between Deepwater and Oak Hill.
New regulatory signs installed by the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) prohibit thru trucks from traveling the 23.5-mile stretch of West Virginia Route 61 between Deepwater and Oak Hill in Fayette County.
Previously, it was only a suggestion that semi-trucks not travel this section of road. Now, it is a regulation that can be legally enforced.
Delegate Elliott Pritt (R-Fayette) has brought significant attention to the issue since being elected to the House in 2022.
He says the issue won’t be immediately resolved, but the hardest part is finished.
“It will take time for the trucking companies to get the picture, but the hard part is done,” Pritt said.
“I appreciate everyone who worked hard on this, who contacted their delegates and senators, and who contacted the DOT to voice their concern. All the pictures, videos, and messages that were sent to me were forwarded to the DOT and others and they WORKED!”
Del. Pritt introduced a bill that would prohibit trucks from traveling this section of road, but because of advocacy from his constituents and the Legislature, the WVDOT has made it official.
“I specifically want to thank the Chairman of the House Technology and Infrastructure Committee Del. Daniel Linville for his advocacy and for working on this with me to make this happen. He went above and beyond,” Pritt stated.
More information regarding the Route 61 issue may be viewed here.