Commission votes to restrict truck traffic on County Roads 47 and 48
Cherokee County Herald Correspondent
After hearing a report from County Engineer Corey Chambers during the Jan. 11 planning meeting, the Cherokee County Commission voted in regular session to restrict truck traffic on County Roads 47 and 48 to trucks with no more than four axles.
Chambers requested the restrictions due to the problems caused in recent weeks by large trucks trying to go up these roads as a detour to the closed lane of Highway 68 West.
“Trucks are getting stuck on these roads and tying up traffic for hours,” Chambers reported. “They are getting there via their GPS alternate route.”
Chambers noted the Highway Department has placed signs at the bottom of these roads indicating steep grades and sharp turns, but these signs have not deterred trucks from trying this as an alternate route.
“If you approve these restrictions I can get the signs ordered and posted within a few days of receiving them,” Chambers said.
“The state has said it will take four to five weeks to fix 68, and they have not even started,” Chambers added.
Chambers also reported on recent flood damage in the county, and the hopes that some costs could be covered by FEMA.
“FEMA will be there today to look at flood damage,” Chambers said. “We had four locations to look at and now we have a culvert problem to add to that. We will be riding around with FEMA today to look at these.
Beverly Daniels, EMA Director, said the FEMA visit was a preliminary to request disaster declaration, and get FEMA money to help with county repairs.
Sheriff Shaver updated the Commission on his plans to issue life-saving awards to first responders involved in saving the life of an auto accident victim. He asked the Commission to cover the cost of Life Saving Awards in the amount of $180, and the Commission approved this request.
“I also want to commend our folks and Corey’s folks who have been on the side of the mountain getting trucks off,” Sheriff Shaver said, referring to the trucks getting stuck on County Roads 47 and 48. “The rescue folks have been covered up, and I appreciate what the Chief and Corey’s folks have done.”