On February 28, 2017, the Benton County Board of Commissioners approved Resolution 2017-165, which authorizes the County Engineer to set weight and/or speed restrictions on County roads.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2017
Contact: Benton County Road Department
WEIGHT AND SPEED RESTRICTIONS ON COUNTY ROADS
Kennewick, WA – On February 28, 2017, the Benton County Board of Commissioners approved Resolution 2017-165, which authorizes the County Engineer to set weight and/or speed restrictions on County roads.
Reason for Weight and Speed Restrictions
The Benton County Road Department has evaluated the condition of County roads in light of recent inclement weather and environmental conditions, and have come to the following conclusions. There are several County roads within Benton County at risk of permanent damage or destruction if typical use is continued.
The preservation of said County roads can be aided by reducing the speed and weight permitted on the roadways, with the only alternative to weight restrictions being the full closure of the roadway. Preservation is preferred over closure, as it helps to reduce the real costs associated with extensive road repair or reconstruction, which would further limit access on said roadways at a later date.
The following specific exemptions to the restrictions should apply in all cases:
- School buses shall be permitted to operate at normal loads, but are restricted to the applicable reduced speed limits.
- Authorized emergency vehicles, as defined in RCW 46.08.060, shall be permitted to operate normally when responding to an emergency.
- Motor trucks transporting perishable commodities or commodities necessary for the health and welfare of local residents, when the load cannot be broken down to provide a gross load meeting the posted restrictions, map operate on a trip-by-trip basis, provided that a trip permit has been issued. Trip permits can be applied for at the Benton County Road Department.
Sections of roadway that are subject to either speed or weight restrictions shall be posted. An updated list can also be found on the Benton County website. Failure to comply with posted restrictions is punishable as a misdemeanor with up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $1,000. Any questions should be forwarded to the Benton County Road Department.
About Benton County
Benton County is a located in south-central Washington. The county seat is located in Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. Benton County was created on March 8, 1905 and was named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Benton County operates under the plural executive form of government with three commissioners and seven other elected officials. Benton County has offices located in Prosser, Kennewick, and Richland. For more information, please visit www.co.benton.wa.us.
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