A new truck route proposed by Plattsmouth.
“United States Highway 34 and Nebraska Highway 66 in the City of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, to the exclusion of all other roads, are hereby designated as truck routes and classified for truck traffic,” says ordinance #1837. Operation of trucks on streets other than the “Truck Route” is not permitted.
The Cassgram reports the ordinance does allow for the obvious exceptions of fire, rescue and utility vehicles, and for deliveries (provided drivers use the shortest route from a designated truck route) and for trucks going to and from their regular storage areas, the operator’s personal residence or trucks’ commercial or industrial bases. Special permits can be requested.
#1837 pertains to large trucks designed to carry over two tons, semi-trailers and truck tractors designed to pull semi-trailers. It does not apply to common vans and pickups.
Reducing wear and tear on the other city streets is the primary goal, according to the few comments made at the meeting during which the ordinance was passed.
The ordinance received city council approval on October 3rd and it has gone through the proper legal notice steps. However, Plattsmouth Police Chief Steve Rathman says the enforcement will not begin until the proper signage is in place.
Once the signs are up and enforcement begins, those found in violation of the ordinance are subject to a misdemeanor conviction and a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $500.