Attachment E

 

RESOLUTION

 

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of County Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia, received a request from a group of citizens/residents who reside along Routes 231/22 to consider restricting through trucks, truck and trailer, and semi-trailer combination traffic on these routes as a means to address various traffic concerns:

 

            WHEREAS, the Board properly advertised and held a public hearing on October 13, 2004  to receive comments from citizens on this request;

 

            WHEREAS, the Board previously adopted resolutions  on  June 7, 1995, December 10, 2003 and June 2, 2004 requesting that the Virginia Department of Transportation to restrict  through-traveling truck, truck and trailer, and semi-trailer combination traffic on Routes 231 and 22;

 

WHEREAS, the rural character of Routes 231/22 consists of blind curves, hills, narrow pavement 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 on any road in the state from 60 to 65 feet long and from 8 to 8 feet;

 

            WHEREAS, the geometric design and construction of Routes 231/22 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 it is impossible to safely and effectively enforce commercial vehicle regulations when truck, truck and trailer, and semi-trailer combination traffic are traveling on Routes 231/22;

 

WHEREAS, the County has proposed alternate routes for through restricted trucks, which the County believes are reasonable;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia, hereby renews its request to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to restrict through truck, truck and trailer, and semi-trailer combination traffic on Routes 231/22 in accordance with Section 46.2-809 of the Code of Virginia; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the route beginning at Route 250 from its intersection with Route 22 in Albemarle County going to Route 15 in Louisa County, north on Route 15 to Route 22 in Louisa County, west on Route 22 to the Albemarle/Louisa County line and  the route beginning at Route 22 from its intersection with Route 231 in Albemarle County to Route 250 in Albemarle County, going east on Route 250 to Route 15 in Louisa County, north on Route 15 to Route T-1006 in Town of Gordonsville, west on Route T-1006 to Rt. 231 in the Town of Gordonsville, south on Route 231 to Albemarle/Louisa County line are reasonable alternative routes to truck, truck and trailer, and semi-trailer combination traffic now traveling Routes 231/22.

 

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