THE HEAVY TRUCK PROBLEM.
The motor truck problem is adding new anxieties to the burden of municipal management. The remarkable increase in the truck traffic increases the toll of street accidents. Householders declare that the passing of heavy trucks endangers walls and foundations. If the ten-ton moving masses are driven at a rapid rate through residence sections, the vibrations they cause are alarming. The problem of minimizing these effects and dangers is enlisting the attention of traffic experts.
An eastern investigator points out that the destructive energy of a truck moving at a speed of eighteen miles an hour, is nine times as great as that of the same truck going at only six miles an hour. "To drive such a mass through the streets at a speed of twelve and sometimes eighteen miles an hour, is criminal," he declares. "To expect the driver to have such a load moving at such speed under control is criminal negligence."
The investigator proposed a graded rate of speed for loaded trucks, beginning with six miles for a 20,000-pound mass, rising to ten miles an hour--the high speed limit for two-ton loaded trucks. He declares that the momentum and accumulated energy of these heavier vehicles driven at a rapid rate, concentrate destructive forces that are out of all proportion to the service the vehicles render.That last statement is particularly true today, when the majority of the heavy trucks passing through Hudson are doing just that--passing through--and render absolutely no service whatever to the city and its residents.
To put things in perspective, this is what a heavy truck looked like in 1917.