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City reopens debate over truck route on the north side

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on May 22, 2018 – 12:54 amNo Comment

A public input session was held at the regularly scheduled Alpena City Council meeting Monday night, about a longstanding truck route that prohibits truck traffic along a section of Long Lake Avenue, from Elm Street south to Walnut Street.

Business owners north of Elm Street must drive their big trucks north on Long Lake Avenue to Hamilton Road and then back into the city via US-23.  They want the city to open up the southern part of Long Lake Avenue to save them time and money.

But some residents along Long Lake Avenue are equally passionate about the city protecting their neighborhood from the noise, vibration, dust and fumes of larger trucks.  Previous municipal councils have sided with residents.

But city staff is asking council to open up the prohibited section of Long Lake Avenue to concrete trucks, dump trucks with no trailers, flatbed trucks and other single unit trucks.  The route would remain off limits to gravel train and semi-trailer trucks.

Council listened to representatives from both sides last night, and is expected to rule on the matter when it next meets on June 4.

All sides agree that a new road and truck route off Long Lake Avenue to Johnson Street would be the best solution.  However the city looked into that road in 2015 and was not able to secure the needed funding or easements to move forward with the project.

One resident submitted the names and signatures of 49 people in the area who are also opposed to a change to the current truck route.

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