Restrictions proposed along Chattsworth Road shouldn't have an impact on the construction of firing ranges on Fort Benning's military reservation, Columbus officials said Friday.
"What this will do is keep those trucks that service the industrial park from utilizing that area as a through route," Deputy City Manager David Arrington said of a proposed ordinance by Councilor Gary Allen.
When council meets Tuesday, an ordinance will be considered a day before Fort Benning officials start construction of 15 ranges off Chattsworth Road. The project, taking about three to four years to complete, will increase traffic from logging trucks and vehicles hauling heavy equipment along the two-mile route.Under the ordinance, trucks weighing more than 14,000 pounds and longer than 24 feet would be banned on the street except to make a delivery or pickup. Restrictions include Chattsworth Road from Technology Parkway to Midland Road and Midland Road from Chattsworth Road to Macon Road.
The ordinance stemmed from the complaints of residents who attended public hearings on the expansion of ranges at Fort Benning. Traffic was a major concern when about 60 residents attended a public forum Sept. 18 at the Psalmond Road Supercenter in Midland.
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Jay Brown, a civilian coordinating the construction of ranges at Fort Benning, said Friday his office hadn't been notified about the proposal. He couldn't comment further on how the ordinance may impact the construction.
Arrington said trucks hauling materials for the construction of ranges will be required to follow designated truck routes.
"The permit they will be issued to do work will be designated truck haul routes and will go to certain access control points," Arrington said. "Trucks have to come in a certain way and leave by that route. They can go the full length of the road."
Trucks from Technology Park will have to find another way to get to Macon Road, Arrington said. "If they are going to Talbot County, they are going to have to find a new way to get on Macon Road," he said.
In talks with Police Chief Ricky Boren and Assistant Police Chief Charles Rowe, Allen said police are willing to enforce the ordinance and they may get some help from military police at Fort Benning.
"We are trying to be responsible," Allen said of the proposal.Contact Ben Wright at 706-571-8576