Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Truck traffic troubles with township detours
Work continues on the sewer and water line upgrade project in the village centre of Vankleek Hill. Meanwhile the public works office is fielding complaints about transport truck drivers ignoring the detour signs.
“Those were supposed to be the local detour routes for the local traffic,” said James McMahon, Champlain Township public works director. “But we are a GPS society so some people put their GPS on and that’s the way they are going.”
Separate detour routes were set for heavy transport truck coming in from either the north or south sections of Highway 34, which runs through Vankleek Hill. Those routes would divert heavy vehicles around the village core along pathways meant to cause the least public disruption.
The problem is that some truck drivers ignored the detour signs and ended up getting stuck in the village centre on either side of the excavation. Getting unstuck sometimes resulted in damage to village signage, broken fencing around private property, or truck tire marks across part of a lawn.
Other truck drivers took the local traffic detour routes instead of those designated for truck traffic, which resulted in homeowner complaints from some neighbourhoods about trucks going at high speed along a residential street.
The township asked the OPP to provide “paid duty officers” at the excavation area to ticket motorists ignoring the detour signs. McMahon noted this is budgeted for under the project’s contingency fund so it will not be an added expense to the township.
The Main Street intersection portion of the mainline replacement project should be done before mid-October. After the excavation is filled in and repaved, the public works department will resume the controlled one-lane traffic setup for Highway 34 through the village centre until the rest of the mainline upgrade work is finished later in November.