Limit on truck traffic to be debated


A proposal to limit heavy truck traffic on portions of Routes 424 and 450 in Crofton will be the topic of a public hearing tomorrow night.

The State Highway Administration is having the hearing at 7:30 p.m. at the Crofton Middle School.

A proposed ban would be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It would prohibit "through" trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds from Route 424 between Route 3 and Route 50.

It would also ban the trucks from Route 450 between Route 3 and Route 424.

Trucks traveling to or from nearby gravel pits or other local addresses are considered "local" traffic instead of "through" traffic, and would not be subject to the ban.

Residents asking for truck ban have said the many dump trucks using the roads to reach construction sites and gravel pits are noisy and pose a safety hazard.

On Monday, the Crofton Civic Association board of directors voted unanimously to support the truck ban.

The SHA also supports the ban. An SHA report released in April said there are two major school crossings on the affected roads, in addition to a county park, a church, a convalescent home and a day-care center. The rolling terrain and lack of road shoulders also make the truck ban desirable, the report said.

The ban will not eliminate all heavy truck traffic on the affected roads.

According to a SHA study of truck traffic on Route 424 through Crofton, 1,318 trucks used the stretch of road between Route 3 )) and Route 50 during one 6 a.m.-to-6 p.m. period. Of those, only 221, or 16.8 percent, were considered "through trucks." The rest were considered local traffic.

Of the 221 through trucks, 92 were vehicles such as smaller parcel delivery trucks that would not be subject to the ban.

In 1988, the state agreed to ban trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds from Route 424 and Route 450 through Crofton at night Monday through Saturday, and all day Sunday.

That ban will remain in effect.

After tomorrow's public hearing, people will have 30 days to submit written comments on the proposal, said Larry Elliott, SHA assistant district engineer for traffic.

He could not say when the SHA would decide on the proposed ban.

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