Tired of titanic trucks trundling through your neighborhood?
Some Columbus residents are, because they complained to city leaders, who Tuesday will hold a public hearing on new city truck routes.
Columbus Council will consider a law establishing the new routes during its 9 a.m. meeting.
The ordinance comes from months of work by a “Truck Committee” established after neighbors raised heck about heavy trucks using residential streets. The committee came up with some proposed truck routes that last year were presented at two public meetings, one Oct. 8 at Schomburg Road Baptist Church and another Nov. 9 at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.
The proposed restrictions would replace those currently in the city code.
The new “Truck Route System” would establish two kinds of routes, a “Thru Truck Route” for carriers just passing through town, and a “Local Truck Route” for those conducting business in the city. Both encourage truckers to use the widest roads available.
Designated as “Thru Truck Routes” are major roadways such as Interstate 185, the J.R. Allen Parkway, River Road, Veterans Parkway, Victory Drive, Second Avenue from 14th Street to the J.R. Allen Parkway, Wynnton Road and Macon Road from Buena Vista Road out to the Talbot County line, and the Manchester Expressway from Second Avenue to the Harris County line. Eastbound through trucks coming from Phenix City on the 13th Street Bridge may stay on 13th Street before turning south on 13th Avenue to go to Wynnton Road.
Included in “Local Truck Routes” are Airport Thruway, Warm Springs Road, University Avenue, Miller Road, Schatulga Road, South Lumpkin Road, Fort Benning Road, Flat Rock Road, Buena Vista Road, Smith Road and Williams Road.
The proposed ordinance says no truck shall be wider than 8½ feet or taller than 13½ feet. Trucks making pickups or deliveries or en route to repairs or offices are exempt from the restrictions, provided their drivers have documents proving where they’re going.