Albemarle County Proposes Some Restrictions on Truck Traffic
Albemarle County supervisors are looking at possible restrictions when it comes to truck traffic on some back country roads.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County supervisors are looking at possible restrictions when it comes to truck traffic on some back country roads.
The proposed restrictions have caused some tension between people who live in the area.
The board has discussed a number of options when it comes to possible restrictions on Miller School and Owensville roads, but members of the community are still torn about what should be done.
"Tax dollars paid for those roads,” Neil Williamson, who lives in Albemarle County, said. “Everyone's tax dollars, and everyone deserves a right to those roads, and they deserve a safe road. I encourage you not to ban trucks."
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is discussing possible through truck restrictions on Miller School Road and Owensville Road.
"The frequency, size, and speed of truck traffic has increased geometrically, and yet the roads remain the same," Homes Brown, who lives in Albemarle County, said.
Business owners say the impending restrictions could impact their sales.
"We've been open since 1987, and we try to be a community-oriented, community-minded business,” Larry Odor, who owns Blue Ridge Builders Supply, said.
Odor says the restrictions would impact his deliveries.
"It’s going to end up giving my competitors an unfair advantage against us because they're actually closer to my customers than I am,” Odor said.
Others say the restrictions could significantly improve safety in the area.
"I am a 20-plus-year resident of Batesville, and I've seen the increase in traffic over that 20-year period,” April Muniz, who lives in Albemarle County, said.
Muniz says the winding roads are hard enough to navigate without large trucks.
"The narrow lanes without shoulders on Miller School and Plank roads, many bordered by small ravines are difficult enough to maneuver in a car, but the large trucks greatly contribute to unsafe conditions,” Muniz said.
At the meeting on Wednesday, October 10, supervisors agreed that prohibiting through tractor-trailers on the roads was the best option, and they plan to formally vote on the topic during the meeting on November 7.