Collier County to propose ordinance banning dump trucks on stretch of Logan Blvd
Dump trucks are zooming through a neighborhood street where some community members live, and they are fed up with it.
We’ve reported previously about concerns for speeding trucks on a stretch of Logan Boulevard in Collier County. It’s where some community members we have spoken to say they are afraid for their safety.
Those neighbors are getting a chance to change the rules and restrict dump trucks from their neighborhood road.
Collier County commissioners agree it’s a safety issue, and they are working to prevent trucks from using it at all.
“It’s awful, the constant noise,” said Matt McGuinn who lives in Old Cypress.
Many neighbors have been scared to take walks along the road where big trucks are passing by.
“It’s a straight open drag strip, where there is no speed bumps or stop signs,” McGuinn said. “So it’s very easy for these trucks to get up to fatal speed.”
Dump trucks taking a shortcut down Logan Blvd. have caused quite the commotion.
“There’s an enormous amount that seems like more every day, so that’s a problem,” Donna Baboulis said.
Commissioners want to step on the brake and restrict trucks from driving on Logan Blvd. between Immokalee Road and Bonita Beach Road.
Commissioner Bill McDaniel had some concerns.
“I think this is a slippery slope if we are restricting truck traffic here,” McDaniel said during a meeting. “Where does it necessarily end?”
But commissioners still voted unanimously to move forward to create an ordinance for review that would put up signs telling truck drivers to stay off the designated stretch of Logan Blvd.
“It will be an enforceable ordinance allowing the sheriff’s office to ticket individuals who would be violating that ordinance,” said Trinity Scott, the transportation planning manager for Collier County.
Although people are hopeful signs will help, others worry about enforcement.
“I don’t think these guys care,” Maureen Conway said. “And they are out early in the morning. You would need the police there probably by 7 to enforce that.”
Collier County will hold a public hearing on the issue within the month for public input