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Attention Downtown Business & Property Owners: New Truck Routes Proposed

05/31/2018

On Monday June 4th, Town Council will consider adoption of new rules that will designate certain specific roads for commercial truck traffic within Clayton's town limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction.  This meeting will begin at 6 pm and the public is welcome to attend and speak on the rules.

A commercial vehicle is defined as motor vehicle, truck, or semi-trailer having more than two axles, and designated or used for the transportation of goods, wares, merchandise, carrying freight, animals, or materials in the furtherance of any commercial enterprise.  Exempted from this new requirement are school buses and public transportation, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, utility service vehicles or vehicles used for construction while in performance of that work and road construction and maintenance equipment, so long as it is being used for that purpose.

Once adopted, commercial vehicles are required to use or travel upon roads and streets designated by the Town (please see the attached map). When commercial vehicles are traveling along a prohibited route, such travel is limited to the minimum necessary to accomplish the pickup, delivery, or service call, and said vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to enter and leave the prohibited route as quickly as possible by the closest available truck route.

Commercial vehicles are permitted to travel to their customary storage location, located along a route on which commercial traffic has been prohibited, only when the most direct route to and from a non-prohibited truck route is utilized.

By establishing designated commercial truck routes, the town is protecting its roads from costly repairs caused by heavy truck traffic, providing safety and enjoyment to its residents by eliminating regular travel through neighborhoods, and generally promoting the efficiency and safety of the connecting street system.  The new rules provide a comprehensive list of available commercial truck routes and establish penalties for violations.

If adopted by Town Council on Monday night, the Town of Clayton Police will begin enforcement of the new rules immediately. 

Click here for the proposed ordinance, which includes a list of the list of roads, and click here for a map.

Should you have any questions regarding commercial truck routing within the Town of Clayton (and its ETJ) please contact the Economic Development Department at 919-553-5002.

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