Nelson County's Truck Ban Talks

By: Venton Blandin Email
By: Venton Blandin Email

December 20, 2006

Within any community, growth is expected to happen over time, and with that growth comes more traffic.

In nelson county that is certainly the case with trucks on a primary road. There is talk of banning trucks on one of the county's roads.

Steve Kendall almost lost hit hat from the wind of a truck blazing down one Nelson County road. The truck moved by pretty quickly, and so is the talk affecting where the monsters of the highway may drive.

"It varies with people. Some people are adamant about not having them on here, and some people say that have to make a living, or they don't care," said Nelson County Resident Steven Kendall.

Nelson County's East District Supervisor Allen Hale cares. Hale along with others on the Board of Supervisors have been trying to address concern from residents.

"We would like to see some of these safety questions resolved. Mainly, by re-routing trucks onto Route 29 and Interstate 64 in Charlottesville," said Nelson County's East District Board of Supervisor Allen Hale.

Hale said hundreds of trucks travel Route 29 to Interstate 81 every day. Route 151 is used as a short cut that shaves between 20 to 25 miles either way.
Cutting corners, .residents say, puts everyone's safety at risk.

"The trucks have difficulty slowing down, and if we get caught out there, my wife is afraid we might get hit by the truck," added Kendall.

A ban by VDOT must promote the health, safety, and welfare of a community. The path of Route 151 does have houses, but the area is too spread out to be called a residential community.

VDOT is not planning to just drive-by the county of Nelson by ignoring residents concerns. The agency is conducting an informal survey to see if a ban on trucks is necessary.

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