State agencies and a consultant are working to provide a solution after Carroll County residents raised safety concerns about tractor-trailers parking on the shoulders along Md. 31 between Westminster and New Windsor.
The trucks are headed for Performance Food Group, which could not be reached for comment about the issue.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office confirmed residents had reported the line of tractor-trailers on the road, usually pointing out traffic safety concerns.
While the vehicles used to park on Medford and Avondale roads next to the facility, those roads have since been marked with no parking signs, forcing the trucks to line up on Md. 31.
According to the county spokesperson, PFG has been working with a local consultant to design site improvements that would provide additional parking to their property. However, due to site constraints, this effort has proved challenging for the consultant to meet the state and county requirements.
A plan to create another parking lot was submitted within the past two weeks for review by county agencies. This month the agencies will respond to the consultant with either approvals or comments to be addressed.
In addition, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration Motor Carrier Division is constantly working with commercial trucking companies to find appropriate parking spaces, including rest stops, inspection stations and park and rides.
Parking along the shoulder of state-numbered routes is intended for emergencies only, according to an MDOT SHA media contact.