For Immediate Release
Truck Prohibition Begins Near Grant Avenue Underpass
The City’s Traffic Engineering Division sign crews will begin this week installing “NO TRUCK” signage to prohibit trucks on Grant Avenue between Commercial Street and Chase Street due to the number of incidents with over-height trucks hitting the BNSF railroad bridge.
The truck prohibition will take effect beginning Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, following the installation of all signs.
In the past four years, there have been 13 reported incidents of over-height trucks becoming wedged under the bridge and blocking traffic, including four so far this year. This has occurred despite oversized signage stating the clearance height of 11’6” under the bridge built in 1910.
The prohibition applies to any trucks with three or more axles. A violation could result in a traffic citation subject to punishment under Municipal Code 1-7.
The City Traffic Engineering Division studied various options to minimize the incidents involving over-height vehicles and concluded that a truck prohibition would be the most cost-effective and convincing form of notification that can be used.
Traffic Engineering announced a public comment period on Oct. 7, 2009. By Oct. 30, there had been one phone called received in support of the prohibition and no responses in opposition. The Traffic Advisory Board also endorsed the proposal.
Public Works will install additional signage to direct over-height trucks to cross the railroad tracks at the Kansas Expressway viaduct, which is approximately 7/10ths of a mile to the west and parallel to Grant Avenue.
For more information, contact: Earl Newman, Assistant Director of Public Works/City Traffic Engineer, 864-1980.