Darren Doyle, story:
Magistrates voted to make no change to traffic requirements on Indian Creek Road as requested by local law enforcement during the May 22, 2017 fiscal court meeting
Local law enforcement had used a recent accident of an overturned semi on the narrow county road as an example of why large truck traffic is a safety hazard on smaller roads, such as Indian Creek, just north of town.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon said he understood the concerns, but he felt like there was no way one road could take preference over any other.
“If we shut down traffic on one road, we’re opening the door to do it on all roads and that could be very difficult," he said. "But that's up to the fiscal court. I'm not the dictator.”
County Attorney Greg Vincent said that there could also be other options like ordinances for weight limits and trailer lengths, but Cannon said it would be nearly impossible to enforce those as there were no scales in the county.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said state transportation officers will respond if called, and that they could enforce both county ordinances and state law.
Magistrate Edd Rich made the motion to make no change, which was seconded by Mark Woosley, but County Attorney Vincent advised that no motion was needed due to nothing being changed.
Several local residents said that stopping semi traffic on the road would hurt local Amish farmers and builders who rely on semis to deliver goods and materials on Indian Creek.
Vincent said the current weight limit on county roads was 15 tons, which will remain for all roads and vehicles.