Heavy vehicles would be discouraged on Minot's residential streets under an ordinance that the Minot City Council will consider Tuesday.
The council's Public Works and Safety Committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the council adopt an ordinance limiting vehicle weight to 6 tons per axle on city streets year round, unless streets are otherwise signed. Currently, weight limits exist only in the spring on most streets.
Commercial vehicles traveling to a destination within the city would have to take the most direct route to minimize distance traveled on residential streets if the council approves the ordinance. Commercial and construction traffic would have to avoid travel on resident streets as much as possible.
Reports from city staff indicate that heavy vehicles are placing stress on the roads. Numerous, newly constructed residential roads have been heavily damaged due to heavy vehicle traffic.
In other business, the committee voted to recommend the council:
- impose a six-month moratorium on new billboards in the city to give the city planning department time to study the issue and develop consistent signage standards.
- modify the North Central and Bel Air/Perkett bus routes to allow for service to the new Eagles Landing Addition.