For decades, the town has had 8-ton limit signs posted but trucks have been allowed to pass through uninhibited. The problem, the residents say, is that the roads weren’t built to hold the trucks’ weight and now roads are crumbling and have drainage issues.
“Trucks have been using village streets for years, and it is only recently that the issue has received any attention, said Amanda S. Foster, who owns Fosters Truck & Equipment Repair,” The Watertown Daily Times reported.
Reconstruction of the roads was suggested but the project would cost too much for the town’s $1 million a year budget.
Truck routes are available but they take a 20-mile detour around the town, costing the companies extra time and resources.
“G. Michael Knowlton, owner of Knowlton & Son, is one of the business owners who stands to lose the most because of the 8-ton limit. His business is on River Road. If he can’t use local roads to make his deliveries, he will have to take a detour of more than 20 miles to reach the truck routes that run on either side of the village,” The Watertown Daily Times reported.
“It’s already a truck route,” Knowlton said of village roads. “Trucks go down that road every day.”
At the end of the meeting, town representatives said they would not lift the 8-ton limit signs, but that they would add “Local Deliveries Only” signs.
Knowlton’s business is within city limits. He says he still plans to use the town’s roads and says that if he’s issued a ticket, he will fight it.
In response to Knowlton’s challenge, town Mayor James H. McFaddin said, “The police agencies and the judges can answer that question,” though he did add the town has no plans to start enforcing the ordinance yet.