Truck ban overdue

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 3, 2004

Thank goodness! On Wednesday public works crews posted signs on Turlington Road indicating that truck traffic on the winding, country road is prohibited.

It’s about time.

The Southwest Suffolk bypass has been in use for nearly two years and there’s no reason trucks need to be on Turlington. Yet, according to residents, they still traverse its narrow lanes, endangering the safety of others on the road.


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Now that Turlington has been rid of this scourge, officials need to take aim at other thoroughfares on which the trucks have no business – namely, Nansemond Parkway.

In a couple weeks, the Commonwealth Transportation Board will take a look at the city’s request for a ban there. It needs to adopt the measure.

Hardly a week goes by in Suffolk when a truck driver does not lose control on Wilroy or Nansemond. Few among us who regularly travel those roads have not had a scary encounter.

One of City Council’s top priorities is quality of life. Truck traffic hazards go to the heart of that issue. It’s good to see Council has its priorities in order.