Wool­wich bans truck traf­fic on Con­estogo street

Of­fi­cials cite dam­age and neigh­bour­hood com­plaints, WRPS un­able to en­force heavy truck by­law

The Woolwich Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STEVE KANNON

TRUCK TRAF­FIC HAS BEEN halted on Grand­view Drive in Con­estogo and a prop­erty owner will be pay­ing for road re­pairs as Wool­wich moved on com­plaints about nu­mer­ous dump trucks rolling through the neigh­bour­hood.

The move fol­lows town­ship coun­cil’s de­ci­sion last week to pass a by­law pro­hibit­ing trucks from us­ing the road.

The owner of the 62-acre prop­erty at 506 Kather­ine St. had been us­ing a Grand­view Drive ac­cess route to truck in top­soil for the site, home to a newly planted plum or­chard. Asked by the town­ship to cease us­ing Grand­view Drive due to the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the road­way, the owner agreed this week to look at al­ter­na­tives, said Wool­wich clerk Val Hum­mel.

“The soil be­ing trucked on­site is needed to ad­dress a flood con­trol mat­ter, and the prop­erty owner needs ap­prox­i­mately 14 more days to com­plete the work, but has agreed to com­ply with the heavy truck pro­hi­bi­tion and seek other so­lu­tions such as a po­ten­tial ac­cess off of Kather­ine Street, which re­quires an en­trance per­mit from the Re­gion of Wa­ter­loo,” she said in an email Tues­day.

Calls from neigh­bours over the week­end set off a flurry of ac­tiv­ity in the area, with Wa­ter­loo Re­gional Po­lice and town­ship en­force­ment staff deal­ing with some con­fu­sion over the new by­law. That has since been re­solved, and en­force­ment of the pro­hi­bi­tion is in ef­fect, said Hum­mel.

Wool­wich has erected “no trucks” signs at both en­trances of Grand­view Drive from Sawmill Road.

Staff Sgt. Mike Hinsperger of the Wa­ter­loo Re­gional Po­lice said of­fi­cers have

been mon­i­tor­ing the area, re­port­ing no in­ci­dents since the week­end.

Hum­mel noted the prop­erty owner has been co­op­er­at­ing, agree­ing to cover the cost of dam­ages to the road­way.

“We don’t have an es­ti­mate on the costs yet be­cause we don’t know the full ex­tent. De­te­ri­o­ra­tion has started and could be fur­ther im­pacted by win­ter weather and the freeze/ thaw cy­cles go­ing into spring, and it will be spring be­fore we have a good es­ti­mate of costs,” she said. “The prop­erty owner has stated he will com­pen­sate the town­ship for the cost of the re­pairs; work will be com­pleted in the spring.”

The busted-up road, mud and truck traf­fic prompted pub­lic com­plaints, lead­ing to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion early this month by pub­lic works su­per­in­ten­dent Barry Bal­dasaro. He found se­ri­ous con­cerns, not­ing con­tin­ued de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the road was likely, with lit­tle chance of re­pairs prior to win­ter set­ting in. His re­port in turn prompted last week’s coun­cil res­o­lu­tion pro­hibit­ing truck traf­fic.

“The sur­face treated apron off Grand­view onto the lane which the trucks were us­ing as a point of ac­cess was sig­nif­i­cantly broke up,” he said in the re­port. “There were also a few lo­ca­tions where the trucks had rut­ted the grass along the road edge and one lo­ca­tion where the edge of the tar-and-chip sur­face had been dam­aged.”

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