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Manteca ponders trucking fee offset for road damage
Truck route workshop tonight
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If you have an opinion on where truck routes should be allowed in Manteca you have a chance to have them heard when the City of Manteca conducts a citywide truck route workshop tonight.

It takes place at 6 p.m. at the Manteca Transit Center, 220 Moffat Blvd.

The truck route plan in addition to identifying the establishment of legal truck routes going forward:

*recommend the city establish a truck impact fee to offset maintenance directly related to truck damage to streets. Damage along the Spreckels Avenue corridor — a legal truck route — is one example.

*examine the geometry of intersections of potential truck routes and identify needed improvements to widen or upgrade intersections where necessary.

There are three current truck routes in Manteca. Two of them — Lathrop Road and Moffat Boulevard —are standard truck routes.

The third truck route — 120 Bypass to South Main to Industrial Park Drive/Spreckels Avenue to Yosemite Avenue to Highway 99  —  is a Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA)  route that allows trucks that exceed California length limits to accommodate interstate trucking.

There is at least one new truck route being preordained in a development agreement being hammered out with Scannell Properties to develop a 229-acre business park on the southwest corner of Louise Avenue and Airport Way.

Scannell Properties want to make Airport Way from the 120 Bypass to Crom Street at the southern edge of the proposed business park a STAA that would allow longer trucks than the state allows operating.  Scannell indicated they would pay for needed intersection modifications to accommodate STAA trucks.

Truck routes are designed to keep trucks off of city streets where their operation may be problematic. Ideally they steer them away from streets that are not designed to take the heavy pounding trucks have on pavement.

Pavement experts using research from the Federal Highway Administration estimate the projected impact on pavement of one fully loaded axle on a big rig truck is equal to more than 1,000 passenger cars. That said trucks pay significantly higher state road and fuel related taxes to pay for pavement work.

The pavement on Spreckels Avenue — one of the heaviest traveled streets for trucks in Manteca — has develop significant pavement issues after 16 years of truck movements. Spreckels Avenue is on the list of streets Manteca will dress pavement issues on during the next several years.

 Trucks making deliveries to businesses that are not on an established truck route can legally do so on streets not designated as truck routes.

 

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com