City official: Restricting trucks in neighborhoods a ‘touchy situation’
by Noreen Cochran
February 12, 2013 01:24 AM | 2543 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Marietta City Council put the brakes on a move to put speed tables at Kennesaw Avenue and Marble Mill Road, opting for more study on the controversial proposal.

City Councilman Andy Morris asked to bring the matter to a vote during a work session Monday night, previewing Wednesday’s regular meeting at City Hall.

He said residents asked him to do something about dump trucks using neighborhood streets to transport asphalt from a nearby industrial park.

“It’s a touchy situation. There are a lot of problems with the county,” Morris said about Cobb Department of Transportation, which maintains part of Kennesaw Avenue.

Morris wanted to put a speed tables at the intersection to encourage trucks to use an alternate route.

Public Works Director Dan Conn said a request to put up “No Trucks” signs went begging.

“We talked to the county about signs restricting trucks,” he said.

Conn said the county refused, reading from a Nov. 8 letter from Cobb DOT director Faye DiMassimo.

“We strongly support your current restrictions south of Marble Mill Road but cannot support your request to do the same between Marble Mill Road and Old 41,” she wrote.

DiMassimo argued that Marble Mill Road and the adjacent roads contain “many industrial businesses that were present long before some of the subdivisions were established in the area.”

Forcing the trucks to use only Church Street Extension, DiMassimo said, will tear up a road already “experiencing poor levels of service” and make their routes impassable when CSX trains block traffic.

Mayor Steve Tumlin said Morris’ motion threatened existing codes, which allow speed tables — street-wide raised platforms accessible by small ramps — only on residential streets.

The city also needs a request from residents to move the matter forward in specific steps, including a study, public meetings and a vote by homeowners.

“This motion would completely throw our ordinance out,” Tumlin said. “If we want to throw it out, just make the motion to throw it out.”

He said although it’s “not a perfect ordinance,” the traffic study and other requirements had merit.

“These are public roads. They belong to all of us,” Tumlin said.

City Councilman Grif Chalfant said the matter needed to be advertised so stakeholders could attend public meetings.

“We’ve got to go there in fairness to everyone,” he said.

Chalfant made a motion to discuss the matter in the public works committee meeting next month, which passed 5-2 with Morris and City Councilman Johnny Sinclair opposed.

Up for discussion and a vote Wednesday will be three traffic-calming projects at Church and Sessions streets, Cherokee and Sessions streets and Cherokee Street at Margaret Avenue.

The streets are in the Church-Cherokee historic district and near WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

None of the measures are speed tables.

Church and Sessions streets’ project is a colored, textured pavement within the intersection, ringed by brick crosswalks.

Cherokee and Sessions streets’ project will also be an intersection improvement, with a concrete median and a colored asphalt crosswalk.
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February 12, 2013
Your Expecursion is just fine going 10 over the speed limit, but the dump truck is bigger wah wah wah you don't like that? I am sure if you were as rich as you wanted everyone to think, you could buy your own dump truck and drive it everywhere. It's a step up from a dumb old Expecursion. Those things are basically minivans. Only soccer moms drive them. Drive a dump truck and THEN you will own the road, for real this time!
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