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Oak Bay talks truck traffic

A chat with major players could help ease concerns on Hampshire Road, but a truck route isn’t in the works for Oak Bay.

In response to a September 2011 letter from a resident concerned over the amount of truck traffic in the 1700 block of Hampshire Rd., municipal staff did some traffic counts of trucks with six wheels or more in the area – the district only has equipment to count wheels not weight – and found a range of 38 to 102 trucks per day.

The resident asked that the municipality consider asking truck traffic to use Foul Bay Road and Monterey Avenue.

“You can’t really do this in isolation on a given street,” said Dave Marshall, director of engineering services. A truck route would need to be looked at on district-wide basis.

“I’m not sure we’d see that much difference (with a truck route),” said Mayor Nils Jensen.

With a low percentage of truck traffic, staff didn’t recommend embarking on a truck route development for Oak Bay.

 

Staff will take up a suggestion from Coun. John Herbert and call the companies using large trucks in the area and have a discussion about the residents’ concerns.

 

 

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