Streets committee considers signs to direct traffic

By Nathan Kraatz -

WILMINGTON — A common complaint police hear is about semi-trucks traveling through a residential neighborhood. On Monday, the Wilmington Streets committee discussed several ways to cut down on that traffic.

Wilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand said most of the complaints are generated by independent trucks and truckers with limited English-speaking abilities. Streets committee chair Joe Spicer said the most complaints come from Florence Avenue, where trucks headed towards TimberTech will divert before taking Kelly Drive and Prairie Avenue.

“We can ticket them, but that’s not the goal here,” Spicer told the News Journal. “The goal here is to get them off the residential streets.”

Committee member Jonathan McKay said it’s important to protect residential streets from the added wear and tear and the residents from the noise.

The committee, comprised of council members Spicer, Jonathan McKay and Mark McKay, recommended several ways to direct truck drivers to TimberTech.

Signs would be placed directing truck drivers from North Lincoln Street and Xenia Avenue onto N. South Street, rather than through residential neighborhoods. The committee also recommended putting up a sign telling trucks not to turn onto Florence Avenue and moving the no through trucks sign on Lowe’s Drive to make it less confusing.

TimberTech officials said they would have their shipping address changed to Lowe’s Drive rather than Prairie Avenue, directing trucks where to enter.

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By Nathan Kraatz