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Hazardous haulers may need to change route

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Posted: Mar 4, 2014 9:52 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Mar 5, 2014 7:58 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bill, prefiled, hazardous, trucks, materials, route, driving, Regina Barrow, universities, LSU, Southern

BATON ROUGE - A pre-filed bill says hazardous haulers might need to find a new route through areas where there are large universities.

The bill, by Rep. Regina Barrow would prohibit the transport of hazardous materials within a five mile radius of a university. The bill says there are a couple exceptions, including trucks making deliveries or pickups in the area.

A lot of trucks use roads around LSU and Southern Universities. Nicholson Drive, adjacent to LSU, and Scenic Hwy, near Southern are popular routes.

Some of the trucks are headed to plants up and down the river. Many drivers share the road with them, but don't know what they're hauling.

"I feel like it's a problem waiting to happen, just anything waiting to happen," said one driver.

LSU Police Capt. Cory Lalonde say big trucks are taken into consideration every day around campus.

"It is something that we definitely have to consider," said Lalonde. "Not only during our daily operations, but whenever we have large events such as football, Bayou Country Superfest, things of that nature."

While the bill doesn't outline specific details, in the middle of Southern and LSU is ExxonMobil Chemical. Trucks enter and leave the plant all day, hauling hazardous material. From both universities, the plant is within the proposed five mile radius.

The bill will be discussed during the legislative session, which begins Monday.

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