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March 27. 2014 8:01PM

Trucks may be banned from some of Plaistow's smaller roads

PLAISTOW — The town is looking to limit trucking on several residential roads that connect to Main Street.

The Highway Safety Committee has looked at a number of measures over the years to help ease the issue of large trucks traveling down some of the smaller roads in town, including meeting with local businesses that have trucks that do business on those roads.

Police Chief Stephen Savage said, however, many of the issues are caused by trucks from out of town and not from local companies.

Earlier this week, the Board of Selectmen agreed with a Highway Safety Committee recommendation to hold a public hearing on posting Westville and Pollard roads as no through-trucking areas.

“I know we have some real issues with the collector roads (onto Main Street),” said Savage. “I really don’t know as a police chief what the answer is other than trying something to say we tried it.”

The members of the highway committee chose Westville and Pollard roads as the roads to ban through-trucking based on police data as well as the personal experience of the committee members.

Savage said the committee recommended a six-month trial period for no through-trucking on those roads.

Trucks that do business on the roads, such as oil trucks or delivery trucks, would be allowed on the roads. No trucks over 12,000 pounds would be able to use the roads as a through route to get to Main Street. Violators would face a $50 fine for the first offense and a $100 fine for the second, Savage said.

Selectman Steve Ranlett questioned the weight limit on the trucks, noting that the 12,000 pound limit could affect smaller trucks such as box trucks and those used for landscaping.

“Is it the intent to stop 18-wheelers or is it the intent to stop landscapers?” Ranlett asked.

Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said it is the intent to limit all trucks on the roads in the effort to improve pedestrian safety.

Selectman Michelle Curran said that if Westville and Pollard roads are closed to through-trucking, it will impact other roads in the neighborhood. She also said it is important for the town to properly enforce the no through-trucking ordinance.

While the highway committee is recommending a six-month trial period for no through-trucking on the two roads, Fitzgerald said he will be asking Savage for weekly reports on the effectiveness on the ban as well as how it is affecting other roads.

aswift@newstote.com


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