WHEREAS, the Board of County Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia, received a request from a group of citizens/residents along Routes 231/22 to consider restricting through tractor-trailer traffic on these routes as means to address various traffic concerns:
WHEREAS, the Board held a public hearing on June 7, 1995, to receive comments from citizens on this request.
WHEREAS, the Board adopted a resolution on June 7, 1995 requesting from the Virginia Department of Transportation a restriction on through-traveling tractor-trailers on Routes 231 and 22.
WHEREAS, the rural character of Routes 231/22 consists of blind curves, hills, narrow pavements with no shoulders serving local commuting traffic and farms,
WHEREAS, the Code of Virginia was amended in 1995 and 1996 to increase the size of tractor-trailers that may travel any road in the state from 60 to 65 feet long and from 8 to 8 ½ feet.
WHEREAS, the geometric design and construction of the road combined with a travelway of only 9 feet creates an incompatible and unsafe situation between tractor-trailers and others vehicles on the roadway.
WHEREAS, the presence of tractor-trailers on Routes 231/22 creates an unsafe road for the traveling public.
WHEREAS, Route 231 was listed by Scenic America at the top of its list of the Ten Most Scenic Roads in America.
WHEREAS, County and State Law Enforcement officials have stated that safe and effective enforcement of commercial vehicle regulations is impossible to conduct once tractor-trailers are traveling on Routes 231/22.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia, hereby renews their request to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to restrict through tractor trailer traffic on Routes 231/22 in accordance with Section 45.1-171.2 of the Code of Virginia; and
FURTHER RESOLVES that because U.S. Route 15 between Gordonsville and I-64 is a Federal Highway, is included within the STAA Truck Routing System, and is the chosen location for several high volume truck-dependent businesses, it is therefore a reasonable alternative route to tractor-trailers now traveling Routes 231/22.
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