Community asking to see fewer large trucks along Doswell Road

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – The Doswell community wants to see fewer large trucks traveling through one neighborhood. The county's board of supervisors is now asking VDOT to restrict truck traffic along Doswell Road between Routes 30 and 1.

"It is a dangerous situation and the citizens spoke out and we adhere to that," said Beaverdam Supervisor Bucky Stanley.

Stanley says it was a no brainer for the county to pass a resolution asking VDOT to restrict truck traffic along Doswell Road. VDOT is now studying the area and investigating alternative routes.

"It's really in the beginning stages right now and it will be several more months until we can have some signs out there, and at this point, we really can't say that this will happen. It still has a lot more, a lot more phases to go through," said VDOT spokesperson Dawn Eischen.

VDOT will consult the Commonwealth Transportation Board as the final stage. Ziff they say go ahead, and then large trucks will have to stop using this road. The county says Routes 1 and 30 are alternates and meet the needs for height and weight.

The restriction would not apply to pickup trucks or trucks used by existing businesses along the road. Those trucks do not qualify as through traffic or just use this way as a short cut.

"The only reason that I think trucks may come through is to avoid the portable scales that folks come out with," said Stanley.

Stanley says bottom line: Doswell Road is too narrow for tractor trailers to travel it safely, and over the years trees, buildings, houses, and more have been damaged.

"The people that run these little businesses here have actually put out signage and things like that because they were coming up into their driveways, tearing up gravel, whatever," Stanley said.

If this restriction goes through, the DMV will work with truckers to make sure they know their alternative routes.

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