Com­mis­sion votes to re­strict truck traf­fic on County Roads 47 and 48

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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.”

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