The county will be considering changes in its truck route ordinance after several residents’ complaints of freight truck disturbances in their neighborhoods.
County Engineer James Emery said the current ordinance allows for trucks carrying 56,000 pounds or less to travel on any county road. Larger freights can be allowed on county roads only if a delivery is made on the road.
However, a county trucking ordinance can be constructed to the same standards of state highway regulation, which allows 80,000 or more pounds of freight on state routes.
Common Troup County bypasses that are not state routes, but may have seen larger freight carriers included Ann Bailey, the south side of Pegasus Pkwy. and parts of North Davis Road, said Emery.
Commissioners said there have been complaints from residents on Sims, Mountville-Hogansville and Fling Roads regarding larger freight trucks passing through their streets.
Commissioner Tripp Foster suggested banning some roads as cut-through roads for truckers.
“Some are driving the speed limit, some are higher than the speed limit,” said Foster. “Big trucks flying down these heavily populated residential neighborhood roads …. I might bring to this Board of Commissioners to consider banning some of theses roads as cut through roads, regardless of the weight restriction.”
Emery told the group to be consider the outlook the new restrictions may have on freight carriers.
“There’s a big push by those in the freight industry to not see anymore restrictions that are already there,” said Emery. “It’s easy for a local government to pass a lot of restrictions and become known as a freight unfriendly community. That may be something we need to keep in mind because we like economic development and like to see new industry come and we don’t want to spike the growth. We wouldn’t want to be known as a freight unfriendly community.”
“What I consider unfriendly is them compromising the safety of the residents in my district,” said Foster. “I understand they want to move quicker to get around but not at the compromise of our community.”
Chairman Richard Wolfe agreed.
“Public safety has got to come first,” he said.
Wolfe asked Emery to come up with a list of recommendations on what roads should be restricted to freight trucks and which roads should be designated as a freight route.
The recommendations will be reviewed in the upcoming work session(s).