July 10, 2014
Complaints about the truck traffic on Earlysville road have been going on for years. Now, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors have agreed to take a closer look at making some changes.
Fifteen neighborhoods on Earlysville road have had enough. They banned together and signed a petition to try to get big trucks off their road and onto another one.The focus is on the area between Rio Road West and Dickerson Road.
The solution would be to ban big trucks on that road, which vdot would have to sign off of on. So just how bad is the truck traffic? It depends on who you ask.
Some folks don't see much of a problem. Pennie Johnston says she has not had trouble with it.
"I really haven’t noticed semis going up and down or anything like that."
Some people feel like its a safety issue. Dorla Smith notices it on mornings she leaves for work at 8:00a.m.
"In the morning there is a lot of construction trucks and logging trucks. When i go in at 8 o'clock it’s an issue getting out of here."
Even amongst the Albemarle supervisors, there was some debate about the need.
Supervisor Liz Palmer asked if there were a lot of trucks on the road.
"I drive that road every single day and are we having a problem with large trucks on that or are we concerned about the future because I’m not seeing large trucks on that.”
Supervisors Brad Sheffield and Ann Mallek said it is a current issue.
“We have an existing problem."
But with fifteen neighborhoods behind a petition, along with the supervisors, now they need real statistics about truck traffic, accidents, and neighborhood impacts.
So that’s what a study would settle how bad is the problem, and would taking trucks off that road be an improvement.
The study will take around 6 months to finish.