Arlington might create new truck routes

By Brian Kelly

Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — Truckers may soon feel like they’re not the king of the road in town anymore, as the city is considering keeping them off residential streets.

Arlington is considering an ordinance that would create a truck route in the city. And truckers caught on city streets that aren’t truck routes could face a $175 fine.

No final routes have been decided yet. The city council is hoping to get public feedback on the idea during a workshop scheduled for May 7.

Under a draft proposal, trucks and truck-trailer combinations more than 30 feet long or more than 32,000 pounds of licensed gross weight would be banned from residential areas between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The restriction also includes Cemetery Road from 51st Avenue NE to 67th Avenue NE.

Trucks over 10,000 pounds of licensed gross weight would also be banned from nonarterial streets, as well as the oldtown district, and on 211th Place NE between Highway 530 and 67th Avenue NE.

The rules would not apply to buses, garbage trucks, or campers and mobile homes.

City officials say Arlington may be eligible for road improvement grants if the town adopts a truck route.

Maps of the proposed routes are available at City Hall and the Arlington Library.

Information gathered at the public workshop will be used in a staff report on the proposal that will be given to the council’s transportation committee for consideration.

Comments can also be submitted to: City of Arlington, Attn: Public Works, 238 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington, WA 98223, or by email to cbrubaker@ci.arlington.wa.us.

You can call Herald Writer Brian Kelly at 425-339-3422 or send e-mail to kelly@heraldnet.com.

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