Posted: Wednesday, 12 September 2012 9:15AM
City residents ask that truck traffic be restricted on their street
Residents along East Center Street in Madison are asking the City Commission to consider restricting truck traffic on their street. The residents submitted a signed letter to commissioners asking them to post “no semis allowed” signs to stop the semi traffic to Madison Livestock Auction from going through the residential area. Taleesia Heppler, a resident on East Center Street, was at Monday evening’s commission meeting and told commissioners that they are asking the city to re-route the semi-traffic down Division Avenue to 3rd Street where there would only be two city blocks affected instead of five.
City Attorney David Jencks said to make any changes to the truck traffic would require a new city ordinance.
Jencks said commissioners would also have to define what constitutes a truck if they decide to restrict them on the city street.
Madison Livestock owner Chip Wosje told commissioners they try to route the semis differently, but overall it is safer for some of them to use Center Street.
City Engineer Chad Comes said that the trucks and semis using Center Street will not hurt the road the way that it is designed.
Commissioners acknowledged the residents’ request on Monday night, but did not make any decision as to whether or not they would proceed with a change in ordinance or not.