Truck routes have been on the books, just not enforced

2013-11-10T00:00:00Z Truck routes have been on the books, just not enforcedJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A month ago City Engineer John Hannon told the Traffic Commission he believed the city should establish truck routes.

Limiting heavy trucks of 10 tons or more, he said, would help protect streets.

The commission agreed and sent the matter to the city attorney to draft an ordinance.

What they didn't know at the time, Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe told the commission last week, is that the city has had an ordinance on the books since 1985 giving officials the permission to designate truck routes.

The ordinance, Monroe said, had never been used. Signs had never been posted designating routes.

But, he said, they will be now.

Hannon recommended roads suitable for heavy loads include U.S. 20, U.S. 6, Willowcreek Road, County Line Road south of Central Avenue, Central Avenue between Willowcreek and Hamstrom roads and Ind. 149.

Heavy trucks would be allowed to make local deliveries, but would have to obtain permission to travel on restricted streets.

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