Truck traffic causing concerns in Jackson Township

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By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

With road construction and the build-up of residential development taking place nearby, residents along Hibbs Road in Jackson Township expected to see an influx of vehicles traveling through the neighborhood. While the increase of traffic may have not made many homeowners happy, they were accepting of the fact that it would be used as a cut through as long as drivers followed the rules of the road.

For the most part, non-residential vehicles have been abiding by the posted speed limits but there has been a presence on those streets to which homeowners can no longer stand – the sight of large trucks coming down the street.

Hibbs Road, said Township Administrator Shane Farnsworth, was not designed with large trucks in mind.

“Not only is it a residential area, but there are a few sharp turns that make it tricky to navigate for any vehicle, let alone a semi-truck,” he said.

Yet there has been an influx of semi-trucks and even dump trucks testing those turns and ignoring the fact that they are prohibited from using it at all.

“Residents are very concerned about this,” said Farnsworth. “They’re concerned about the kids playing in the area.”

From an enforcement standpoint, there is little the township can do on its own to stop trucks from accessing Hibbs Road to get to State Routes 104 or 665.

While Farnsworth said he has been down there, writing down license plate numbers and relaying it to local law enforcement agencies, they cannot do much else.

“It can be very challenging at times for (patrolling units) because it is very random,” he said.

Some relief, however, may soon be in the works.

During the July 20 board of trustees meeting, chairman Jim Rauck asked their law enforcement liaison about accessing license reading technology to use as a tool of deterrence along problem streets.

Franklin County Sheriff Deputy Travis Carter said that is a possibility.

He said the office is aware of the issue on Hibbs Road and does believe that may be a good location to install a license reader so they can stop trucks from accessing the road.

“Anything that would make them second guess using residential roads would be a good thing,” said Farnsworth.

Rauck said he would be meeting with Farnsworth to “work out a timeline” to determine which areas would need to be monitored and at which times.

In other news, the board of trustees will hold its Aug. 3 regular meeting at Jackson Township Fire Station 202, located at 3650 Hoover Road. It will begin at 7 p.m.

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