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May 8, 2012 10:40 AM

Oro Valley business owner weighs in on truck route changes

ORO VALLEY, Ariz- The Town of Oro Valley is looking to change its flow of traffic. It has been more than a decade since the town modified its truck routes and roads have changed a lot since then.

Now leaders are holding a public meeting to get input about which roads trucks should travel on, a move that might impact a lot of Oro Valley businesses.

The Ace Hardware on North First Avenue receives about three to four truck deliveries each week. Owner John Piccoli plans to pay close attention as town leaders look at changing the truck routes. "Obviously the longer it takes them, the longer we have to wait for something and the higher the costs are," Piccoli says.

Currently Oro Valley has four truck routes. They run along First Avenue, from Tangerine Road to Lambert Lane; along Lambert Lane, from First Avenue to La Canada; along La Canada, from Lambert Lane to south town limits; and along Rancho Vistoso Blvd.
But the routes were drafted eleven years ago and now town leaders are wondering if they're still able to handle the traffic. Typically the routes apply to trucks 18,000 pounds or heavier.

"We design roadways to handle different capacities and if trucks are put on roadways that cannot handle that capacity, then that can have a significant negative impact on the roadway system," Oro Valley Town Manager Greg Caton says.

Truck drivers that spoke to News 4 Tucson are open to the changes, as long as they're flexible. "It comes down to when we have to make a delivery to a store, we actually can override a truck route to a certain extent, as long as it's the main route we're going on," Driver Gary Welsh says.

For now, town leaders aren't sure which routes, if any, they plan to change. Piccoli says in the end, it all comes down to time and money. "They're doing maybe 10, 15, 20 deliveries a day, if each one is delayed a few minutes, it adds up," Piccoli says.

If you would like to attend the public meeting, it will be tonight from 6 to 7:30pm at the Oro Valley Town Hall at 11000 North La Canada Drive.

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