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September 2, 2012
Minot Daily News

TRAFFIC TROUBLE Creating an ordinance to restrict heavy trucks from driving on residential streets makes sense in a city where even new streets are taking a beating, but such an ordinance brings with it other issues. How would such an ordinance be enforced year round instead of only in the spring as it is now? If the driver of a heavy truck is stopped in a residential neighborhood, how does the law enforcement officer know what the "most direct route" for the driver should be? It would certainly be open to interpretation, especially if a driver simply says, "Sorry, I took a wrong turn." Then what? Certainly getting heavy construction vehicles and other such traffic off residential streets as much as possible in a bustling city like Minot would be welcomed by those living in most neighborhoods, but is it feasible? With the amount of construction around Minot, which brings with it additional truck and equipment traffic, and with crews working for months repairing roads like 21st Avenue in northwest Minot, which creates detours through residential areas, we wonder whether such an ordinance, while well-intentioned, is realistic at this time.



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