Trucking volume through Hudson remains the same, no changes planned

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- A report on truck traffic through the city revealed volume is the same or lower in recent years and proposed no additional restrictions on roads.

Ryan Gillespie of GPD Group presented a citywide truck study collecting the volume counts, speed and truck types on 18 routes in Hudson Aug. 12 to City Council. The report will be given to the Comprehensive Planning committee even though the staff recommended no changes.

The two main highways, state Route 91 and 303, had reasonable traffic similar to other communities, Gillespie said. Roadways with access to highways like state Route 8 are generally higher but only traffic near Jo-Ann Store on Terex Road and state Route 91 exceeded 10 percent with 13 percent of trucks making up the total volume of traffic.

State Route 91 ranged from 4 to 7 percent of truck traffic while state Route 303 ranged from 6 to 9 percent of truck traffic compared to total vehicles.

Other roads with truck traffic include Terex Road, Stow Road, Seasons Road, Boston Mills Road and Hudson Drive where trucks need access to industrial areas or the highway.

"Truck volumes and percentages were typically found to be within reasonable ranges for each roadway segment," Gillespsie said. "Based on these findings, no action related to truck traffic within the city of Hudson is recommended at this time."

Gillespie said a previous study done by the city could not be used for comparison because the data was collected from a short time period sampling and did not differentiate between types of trucks.

"The previous study was hard to understand," said Civil Engineer Chris Papp. "We use federal guidelines [for truck descriptions], and they did not."

Some Council members were not satisfied with the study.

Council member Alex Kelemen wanted to know if Little Tikes on Terex Road had a spike in seasonal traffic. He suggested working with companies to stagger hours around rush hours.

Council President Hal DeSaussure wanted to know if the city could do an origination/destination study and determine if there were peak truck times.

Council member Dennis Hanink didn't believe traffic was decreased on state Routes 91 and 303. He wanted the city to look at specific times and pedestrian traffic.

Some residents who think there is a truck problem, pay more attention to the traffic and perceive a problem, Gillespie said. It's a perception issue.

"What is a reasonable threshold?" Gillespie said. "The amount acceptable is different for each person."

Council member Dan Williams didn't want to spend more money on another study.

City staff agreed to review the data for stated issues and also would present different options for calming or slowing traffic.

The city can lose federal funding if it closes a road to truck traffic, Papp said. He said if the city considers taking action, they can't prohibit all trucks and would need to specify a weight exceeding a specific amount. Hudson has no bridges or roads that have load limits on them, he added.

City Manager Jane Howington said it was important to send the truck study to the Comprehensive Plan committee and have them look at the elements and address any issues.

In addition, Council member William Wooldredge mentioned large trucks riding on the curbs at the intersection of state Route 303 and 91, but Council member Keith Smith reminded everyone Council made a choice not to soften the curbs when city engineer Thom Sheridan recommended the change to help large trucks make the turns.

Sheridan said the city wouldn't have to move the signal poles if they wanted to change the curbs.

Council didn't support any changes to the intersection's curbs.

"There were lot of things in the choice," said Council President Hal DeSaussure. "We don't want to invite more truck traffic. The turn is doable."

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