Councillor Dave Barton recently put forward a report, asking the town’s staff to look at what power the township has over heavy truck traffic throughout Uxbridge.
There are a large number of trucks that drive through the Uxbridge municipality each day, and Councillor Barton wants to ensure the trucks aren’t damaging the roads or effecting residence safety.
“Because they are 80,000 pounds or more running down our roads, and they’re stopping distances are very long, they are certainly a danger on our roads,” Councillor Barton said. “The report I put forward will help the township understand where we have power, so we can brainstorm the best way to get trucks through our municipality in the safest possible way.”
He said the town gets numerous complaints, around heavy trucks driving through the municipality, so he wanted to see what power council has over the issue.
“When we have heavy trucks running down our roads at speed, we want them to be as safe as they can possibly be,” Councillor Barton said.
Heavy trucks take a toll on the road infrastructure throughout Uxbridge, causing them to require maintenance more frequently.
The township of Uxbridge currently spends 48% of their total budget on fixing the towns roads, according to Councillor Barton. The total cost to fix the roads each year is just over $6.4-million.
He hopes council will be able to change the routes of heavy trucks, so they use more regional roads, to reduce the impact heavy trucks have on Uxbridge’s roadways.
Councillor Barton anticipates staff will get back to council with information regarding what they can do about heavy truck traffic within a month.