United States Congressman Mike Gallagher is sponsor of the Safe Routes Act of 2019 which seeks to lift restrictions for lumber trucks on the interstate highway system. Machinery operator Adam Pallex gave Gallagher a first-hand look at how the restrictions affect trucks coming through Green Bay when they rode together from Pulaski to the Algoma Lumber Company.
Lumber industry officials point out the loss of fuel efficiency when trucks go through residential areas. There is also increased maintenance costs and brakes wear out quicker. Lumber trucks are noisy and could potentially be dangerous as they drive by schools and churches where young children are at play. Gallagher says the first-hand experience he gathered Saturday will be invaluable information to share with his colleagues in DC.