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6/15/2023 Assembly passes Whip Kazarian and Sen. Britto’s legislation banning large commercial trucks from Pleasant Street
STATE HOUSE – The General Assembly today passed legislation (2023-H 5206, 2023-S 1097) sponsored by House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian and Sen. Robert Britto that would ban heavy commercial trucks from traveling on Pleasant Street in Rumford.

“It was only less than a year ago when the Hunts Mill Bridge was closed due to structural deficiencies and now that the bridge has been fixed, we must protect the taxpayers’ investment.  Combine this fact with the obvious concerns of excessive noise, traffic and speeding through a residential neighborhood and it becomes clear that large commercial trucks should not be on this stretch of road,” said Whip Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence, Pawtucket).

“I have worked on this issue since my time on the East Providence City Council and it is clear that large commercial trucks not only pose a danger to the residents of this neighborhood, but they have also become a significant nuisance to the community’s quality of life.  These trucks have no business being on this road and this legislation will correct this serious problem while keeping everyone, particularly the children who live near the road, safe,” said Senator Britto (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket).

The act would prohibit commercial motor trucks, with a gross weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more, from traveling on Pleasant Street / Route 114A in East Providence from between Pawtucket Avenue and the Massachusetts state line.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903