Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2013

DOT official says Feds order National Guard to block I-495 to prevent trucker protest

Two different sources are reporting that Department of Transportation officials were told to work with the National Guard to block interstate routes to prevent a trucker protest schedule for this weekend.

Truckers strike to shut down government in OctoberFreedom Leadership Conference says sources in the DOT claim White House have order the National Guard to close Interstate Route 495 to “thwart the three day Trucker slowdown announced on the Capitol Beltway” which was set to begin October 11.

“They will use Guardsmen on foot and using trucks, jeeps and armored vehicles, which will be stationed at all entrance ramps to the Beltway to block incoming traffic starting early Friday morning,” the website notes.

“Since Interstate 495 is clearly a federal roadway,” said DOT sources to RedState.com and “the federal government is now closed because of the crazy House of Representatives Republicans, it is within the purview of the federal government to add it to the list of government properties that are closed and may not be used by citizens.”

The “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” aims to tie up two of the three lanes of Interstate 495 circling the nation’s capital, with big rigs traveling no faster than the legal limit in two of the three lanes, an organizer told U.S. News & World Report

More on the protest and their motivations here



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  1. T-Bone says:

    Well that is stupid, now the truckers will just clog up the enterance ramps because they can’t go no where but sit and bloack traffic.

  2. KnowsallSeesall says:

    The DOT person quoted, and likely everyone in the Obama administration, don’t seem to know that the Interstate Highway System is not owned by the federal government. It’s owned by the states through which the highways pass. That little fact is present on the Federal Highway Administration’s FAQ page, on there website. So, the federal government closing the interstate would be an illegal seizure.

  3. Tukas says:

    “the federal government is now closed because of the crazy House of Representatives Republicans”

    WTF? It is the whole of Congress that is having the problem. Not just one party. #stupidreporteropinion

  4. Beagle Mom says:

    now that’s intelligent….to avoid shutting down the roadway we’ll just shut down the roadway….
    obama is acting like a 5yr old who can’t have their way…. temper tantrum…..waaaah…..waaaah…..

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  6. beltway commuter says:

    How is the guard blocking the beltway any better for us commuters, than the truckers

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