A discussion regarding the truck route in Scottsboro took place between City Council members at the last work session.

Council member Patrick Stewart began by stating, “I asked for this to be placed on the agenda. A couple weeks ago coming to a meeting, I saw a truck stuck on Charlotte Avenue. I think a lot of it is because we don’t have a defined access point for these trucks to go or appropriate signage on Highway 72 or Broad Street. I’d like for us to discuss this and find a solution. I think everyone knows my opinion on Porter Road. I brought everyone a copy of the Thursday, June 2, 2016 paper where our former Mayor is quoted on the front page, “Porter Road will not be a truck route.”
City Council President Tony Wallingsford stated, “I had a conversation with the Mayor earlier, as far as signage goes, I think our electric board is not in favor of signage over the streets.  Is that accurate?”       
Mayor Robin Shelton explained that the Electric Board is not in favor of signage across Broad Street. Wallingsford went on to say, “Signage wise that would be the best solution. I’ve got to be honest, We’ve talked about this for several years. We have to start having a serious conversation about Parks Avenue Bridge and the weight restrictions there. Cecil street has been talked about. I have concerns about Cecil street. I’ve expressed them to each of you. We have increased pedestrian traffic on Cecil street tremendously  over the past several years. You’ve got now an intermediate school in that general vicinity that we’ve just increased the student, parent and teacher population by one-third. You’ve got a new baseball complex there, a memorial park that’s being developed, a Junior High School. Some of the Cross Country uses that area. You’ve got an increase in pedestrian traffic in that area, a majority of which are minors. I’ve talked with some of the industries. Sometimes we act like this is a bad problem, this is a good problem to have. Trucks going in and out means that we have people working, there’s jobs, there’s commerce. If we were not, didn’t have trucks go into these plants, that would mean those workers wouldn’t have anywhere to go. In a perfect world, those facilities would be sitting in an industrial park. That’s not where they are. The plants are where they are. We’ve got to find a way for trucks to be able to get to those plants, get in and get out as efficiently and safely as possible. Part of the issue, because if those trucks get to Broad and Parks, if they make that turn, then there’s a sign that says five ton weight restriction. It’s a hefty investment. I think at some point we have to have a serious conversation about how we make a safe route in and out of those facilities.” Council member Keith Smith stated, “There’s hardly anywhere for them to get in and out. You say we need  to fix it and someday we can get it started. They have to go today and tomorrow. We need to make up our mind with what we have, which way we’re going to go. No matter which way we go somebody is not going to be happy.”
Council member Gary Stewart stated, “I agree, we don’t want to use any of the side streets, even though there are signs they’re using the side streets because their GPS is sending them that way.”
Council member Greg Mashburn questioned City Engineer Josh Little, “Do you have a recommendation for this, something you’d rather see?” Little replied, “Porter Road is built for trucks. When Porter Road was designed for trucks, we rebuilt from in front of the hospital almost all the way to the four way stop. It was designed for trucks. It’s the easiest and safest way in and out. The problem with Cecil is the turning lanes. We’ve moved the stop bars back, a lot of people can’t see so they still pull up. Little stated that Maples is currently using Porter Road and that Lozier is still utilizing Cecil Street.”
The item was expected to be placed on the City Council meeting agenda.

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