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County ready to halt truck traffic on Trinlady
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GROVETON — After plans to halt truck traffic on the southern end of Trinlady Park Road were stymied in July, Pct. 3 Commissioner Neal Smith is preparing to bring them back for action next month. A major hurdle to the effort was crossed Monday when the Trinity County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with Houston County. Under the agreement, Smith has been given the authority to maintain and control the small section of the road that lies in the adjoining county. Houston County commissioners gave their stamp of approval to the measure last week. Smith noted that less than 100 yards of the road is in Houston County and would be no problem for him to maintain. He asked that the "no thru trucks" posting for the southern end of Trinlady Park Road and the Jack Schaeffer Road be placed on the agenda for the Sept. 9 meeting of the commissioners. A public hearing on the plan to halt truck traffic on the paved sections of the two county roads was held in July but action was tabled at that time by the commissioners. During the hearing, it was noted that while commissioners had the authority to redirect traffic, they were not allowed to redirect it onto roads maintained by other counties. A number of loggers and forest landowners from the Trinlady Park Road area appeared during the July hearing to oppose the plan. They noted the only way to redirect traffic away from the paved county roads was for it to go north on Trinlady Park Road, which crossed into Houston County just before it intersected with State Highway 94. Smith noted he wants the "no thru trucks" signs erected on the two roads to protect $100,000 of pavement installed by his predecessor, former Commissioner Cecil Webb. "My (road) budget for the entire year is just over $300,000 and there is no way I can go in their every two or three years and replace the damaged pavement," he said. He noted he was particularly concerned with the heavy log trucks, which were legally operating overweight under state permits. Smith said the trucks were causing major damage to the road pavement. "They're making money on the deal and everybody else has to pay for it," he said. In the past Smith has noted if the heavy log trucks damage unpaved roads, he can move in and quickly make repairs. "When you're talking about having to repair pavement, that is another story," he said. When asked about the process to enact the no thru truck provision on the two roads, County Attorney Joe W. Bell noted a public hearing on the matter already has been held and commissioners were now free to either approve or disprove the measure.