The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 7, 2013

Big trucks causing big problems for Enid streets

ENID, Okla. — Enid is seeing an increase in truck traffic, much of it related to the oil boom.

On one hand, the increased traffic is a good thing. Those trucks represent money being made.

On the other hand, though, that increased traffic is posing some problems for the city.

Police report many trucks are taking the road less traveled. Instead of sticking to the truck route, they are taking other streets through the city, and those streets can’t stand up to the wear and tear of the heavy trucks.

In short, the trucks are causing damage to arterial streets not capable to taking the big loads.

Enid designated the truck route in 2008. Truck routes are designated as U.S. 81 and U.S. 412 highways; Southgate, east from U.S. 81; Breckinridge Road, from 78th to 16th; Purdue, from U.S. 81 to Oklahoma 64; 30th, from U.S. 412 to Southgate; and Willow Road, from U.S. 81 to Oklahoma 64 bypass.

Drivers going where they aren’t allowed are subject to a Class D offense the first time, resulting in a $154 fine. A second offense within three years is a Class C offense, punishable by a $254 citation.

Enid Police Department officials say they will taking a closer look at the situation.

Trucks stopped off the truck route must be able to show a bill of lading or paperwork verifying their reason for being off the route.

Trucks are required to take the most direct route from their off-route destination and back.

EPD will take a “no tolerance” stance on violators.

We would hope truck drivers using city streets take heed and follow truck routes. It would be better for them, and better for Enid’s streets.�

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