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Albemarle Petitions for No Through Trucks on Earlysville Rd.

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Neighborhoods along Earlysville Road in Albemarle County are signing a petition to ban trucks traveling through to avoid traffic on Route 29. They argue big rigs make the winding road too dangerous. 

This is the second time Albemarle County has tried to stop truck traffic on Earlysville Road. The first followed a fatal accident about 15 years ago when a woman was killed going to her mailbox. People who live along the road say the truck traffic has only gotten worse. 

Eric Stauffer braves biking along Earlysville Road, cycling the curvy two-lane stretch through Albemarle County and dodging truck traffic with little room to bail out of the way. 

"There's a lot of trucks that come by and not a lot of room for error on the sides of the road," Stauffer said. 

The county is renewing its request for VDOT to restrict trucks on Earlysville Road. 

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Chair Ann Mallek said, "We all do need to share the road carefully with each other, but there really is no room for a tandem tractor trailer on that narrow road." 

Mallek says hundreds of people from 15 neighborhoods have signed a petition to ban through truck traffic between Hydraulic Road and the airport roundabout. "We have trucking companies using Earlysville Road to get to their depot, which is north of the airport. That's happening multiple times a day," Mallek said. 

VDOT requires a restriction of through trucks meet four main criteria, which include having an alternate route for truck travel. Mallek says there is one - Route 29. 

"They're using it as a detour around an area where they don't want to have to stop. It's putting our neighbors in danger, and we want it to stop," Mallek said. 

Stauffer supports the big rig ban to make Earlysville a better road for four- or two-wheel traffic. "Definitely would be safer," he said. 

VDOT says Albemarle supervisors would have to hold a public hearing and pass a resolution before the state would consider a truck restriction. The county hopes to have its request sent to the commonwealth transportation board by the fall.

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