ROSEBORO — Town officials have put a stop to truck drivers who are utilizing a shortcut that takes traffic through a residential area of town.
According to Tony Blalock, town clerk, Culbreth Street, which connects N.C. 242 and N.C. 24 has been used by some truck drivers as a cut-through even though signs posted prohibit the action. Motorists, officials said, were using the cut-through as a bypass for the signal light at the intersection of N.C. 24 and N.C. 242.
Tuesday night, during the regular monthly meeting, commissioners voted to amend the town’s ordinance, which previously stated no tractor trailers were allowed, to further prohibit all trucks over 20,000 pounds, including dump trucks and large box trucks.
“A significant amount of dump truck traffic is veering off the prescribed routes, N.C. 24 and N.C. 242, and taking a neighborhood street (Culbreth Street) as a shortcut,” Blalock stated. “This street was not designed for the weight of dump trucks and tractor trailers, nor is it wide enough for two large trucks to pass each other safely.”
Roseboro mayor Alice Butler said while Google Maps does take drivers down Culbreth Street when traveling from N.C. 242 to N.C. 24, the heavy vehicles presents a huge problem for street maintenance and safety of the residents in that particular neighborhood.
“This is a good thing for the neighborhood and a good things for our streets,” Butler shared.
Signage on Culbreth Street indicated “No Tractor Trailers,” but new signs were erected Monday informing traffic that “No Thru Trucks” are allowed.
“New ‘No Thru Trucks’ signs have been installed and new signs stating the weight limit of 20,000 pounds will be added when they arrive,” Blalock said. “We have called two trucking companies already to notify them of the change. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has notified some carriers also.”
Those caught in violation of the ordinance will be penalized. Blalock said that a person convicted of the violation will be found guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine of not more than $500 and will also be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $500. If the offender does not pay the penalty within a set amount of time, Blalock said the town can pursue collections through civil action.
According to Butler, employees of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, who patrol the Roseboro area, have been making stops of those in violation, offering a warning to the driver. Those responders will continue to monitor the traffic on that street and cite those who have violated the ordinance by traveling on the street.
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