Carmel passes ordinance to stop detouring trucks

(WISH Photo/Jay Hermacinski)
(WISH Photo/Jay Hermacinski)

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — Fed up with truckers ignoring detour signs during the U.S. 31 construction, the Carmel City Council has passed an ordinance they hope will keep truckers out.

The new city law adds weight restrictions to additional city roads. Other areas of the city already have these restrictions in place – prohibiting vehicles over 18,000 pounds from using them.

Councilman Rick Sharp said he recently witnessed one truck blow through a red light, another attempting to do a three-point turn in too small of an area, and a third which got stuck on a decorative fountain. Many of the truckers, he says, have ignored the detour signs and end up getting stuck in areas too small for them to maneuver.

The ordinance, which passed earlier this month, was simply an amendment to a law already on the books.

Once the ordinance is publicly posted, Sharp says, Carmel police can begin issuing citations to truckers who break the rules.

The new streets affected include:

  • Old Meridian to its southern and northern intersection with U.S. 31
  • Guilford Road from its intersection with 116th Street north to its intersection with Old Meridian.
  • Main Street from its intersection with Illinois Street east to Keystone Avenue.
  • 136th Street from its intersection with Illinois Street east to Rohrer Road

“All cities that I’m aware of have regulations like this.” Mayor Jim Brainard told 24-Hour News 8 on Monday afternoon.

However, he said it is not a problem with his city’s roundabouts.

“All the roundabouts are built to handle trucks,” he said.

Mayor Brainard also doesn’t blame most truckers. He said the few who don’t follow the assigned detours are creating a lot of damage, creating a lot of complaints from people in those neighborhoods.

Those drivers are likely to be unfamiliar with the area and, as a result, don’t realize how much they need to slow down to be able to navigate those roundabouts, according to Mayor Brainard

“It’s a short term problem,” Mayor Brainard said. “I think the problem goes away once 31 is completed.”

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