DALTON -- Concerns about big rigs on Kirchner and Blotz roads have prompted a debate about whether to ban truck traffic from those neighborhoods.
The roads, a single route which changes names, often get used as a shortcut into Pittsfield by all manner of motorists from Hinsdale, Washington and Becket. That has provoked repeated complaints from residents.
"It's a residential area, a very narrow road, and [these trucks are] running over it all the time," said Dalton Traffic Commission Chairman Daniel Filiault at a meeting this week. "This is not an area we want these trucks on, I think. There's a very viable option for trucks coming down from the Hinsdale-Becket area: Route 8."
Filiault said he thinks he and the traffic officials of Hinsdale and Washington should convene to discuss a ban on big rig traffic on the roads.
But some Selectmen don't support the idea.
"As far as the truck traffic goes, we feel that all the arteries in town should share the pain," Dalton Select Board Chairman John Boyle said.
"I'm not going to shut off a way to alleviate traffic on Main Street and Housatonic Street," Selectwoman Loisa M. Horth said.
Traffic officials from each town, Boyle added, already discussed the issue in August -- when Hinsdale and Washington opposed a ban.
Instead, town officials added signage to the roads prominently displaying state Department of Transportation weight limits, Boyle said.
But Filiault thinks the town should reconsider an outright ban. He said weight limits can't be enforced, an assertion supported by and Dalton Police Chief Jeffrey Coe.
"I cannot enforce a weight limit," Coe said. "I can enforce a truck exclusion."
The Select Board took no action on the matter pending a second meeting of traffic officials from each of the towns.
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