State seeking to limit truck traffic in Crofton

June 16, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

State Highway Administration officials are seeking to ban certain large trucks from Routes 424 and 450 through Crofton during daylight.

SHA officials met Tuesday night at Crofton Middle School with representatives of local civic associations, county and state police and a group called Citizens Against Truck Traffic on 424.

During the meeting, Ed Meehan, the SHA district engineer, agreed to recommend the daytime ban to his bosses.

The measure would bar trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds from Route 424 between Route 3 and Rossback Road, and from Route 450 between Route 3 and Route 424. Trucks making local pickups or deliveries would be exempted.

If the SHA approves the measure and decides no public hearing is needed, the ban could go into effect within two weeks, Mr. Meehan said.

Residents asking for the Route 424 ban have said the trucks are too noisy and pose a safety hazard to schoolchildren and others using the road.

In 1988, the state agreed to ban trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds from Route 424 and Route 450 through Crofton from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. That ban will remain in effect.

Residents seemed pleased with the outcome of Tuesday's meeting.

"I think it's a very good solution," said John J. Klocko III, transportation chairman of the Greater Crofton Council.

Ed Dosek, president of the Crofton Civic Association, agreed. "I think the state's done their homework well. I think you'll see a marked reduction of dump trucks on that roadway."

According to a draft SHA study of truck traffic on Route 424 through Crofton, 1,318 trucks used that stretch of road between Route 3 and U.S. 50 during one period from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Of those, 221, or 16.8 percent, were considered "through trucks." The others, including many traveling to or from gravel pits in the area, were considered local traffic.

Of the 221 through trucks, 92 were vehicles such as parcel delivery trucks that would not be subject to the ban.

Mr. Meehan also suggested that the residents ask county officials to extend the ban to include heavy trucks on Reidel and Johns Hopkins roads. That would bar heavy trucks from using the county roads as a shortcut from Route 3 to Route 424, he said.

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