What to do about 18-wheelers traveling through downtown Enterprise was discussed at the Enterprise City Council work session Dec. 29, 2016.
The issue was brought to the table by Councilman Turner Townsend who said he had received complaints about traveling trucks from downtown merchants.
The area of Main Street through downtown is a state road, explained Enterprise Police Chief T.D. Jones. The city cannot place restrictions on state or federal roads, he said.
Jones said he and the Alabama Department of Transportation Southeast Region District Manager Pat Henderson had toured the area in question and had discovered that “no trucks” signs previously posted on Highway 84 east, Highway 27 North, Highway 84 West and Highway 167 North, were missing.
Replacement signs have been ordered, Jones said, adding that once installation is complete, citations to violators will be issued.
Jones said that the timing of the traffic lights downtown is disrupted because of the 18-wheelers.
“When they hold up traffic for a cycle, it backs up traffic all the way downtown,” he said.
Jones suggested that he and city of Enterprise attorney Rainer Cotter review that existing traffic ordinance, which had been adopted by the city July 5, 1988.
The existing truck ordinance says that trucks should take the proper truck route without defining what that route is.
No 18-wheelers are supposed to be driving through downtown unless they are delivering downtown or to one of the local businesses that have warehouses in the downtown area, Jones said.
It was agreed by the councilmen that a future work session would be set to review the revised ordinance before submitting it to the state for approval.
Councilman Al Miller asked Jones whether trucks are allowed in the Dauphin Extension area near Dauphin Junior High School. Truckers use the extension as a cut through to Highway 27 from the bypass “at all hours, from before daylight on, “Miller said.
“That’s our street, “Jones said. “That’s a street that no trucks are allowed on, unless they are making a delivery to the school or the fire station or a local home.”