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Delivery changes on tap to avoid traffic

Veronica Whitney
Vail Daily/Preston UtleyResidents are concered about the amount of trafffic they recieve from larger commercial vehicles.

AVON – Police could soon be writing tickets to delivery trucks found to be violating town ordinances on Metcalf and Nottingham roads, said Avon Police Chief Jeff Layman. “Several people have complained about the traffic problems that arise when drivers have to stop to avoid trucks turning, backing or parking on Metcalf and Nottingham roads,” Layman said. “The Police Department will ticket all delivery drivers found to be violating town ordinances.”But before enforcing traffic laws, police and town officials want to hear the concerns of drivers and business owners and will meet on Wednesday to discuss the problem.The Police Department has conducted a survey of businesses in the Metcalf and Nottingham corridor to learn more about the trucks used, delivery times, vendors and businesses.

“The results of the survey will be reported to stakeholders of the problem, alert them to the ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement stance and ask them for help identifying solutions to the issue,” Layman said.The Police Department already has contacted businesses owners to take steps to avoid road blockages, including discussing truck sizes and delivery services, watching for trucks and having employees help them with backing and encourage building managers to restrict parking in truck turning areas within the building’s property lines.While police and town officials ponder taking measures against delivery drivers holding up traffic, several business owners on Metcalf and Nottingham roads are concerned with how this would impact their businesses financially.”If I can’t get my trucks in there, I have to move somewhere else,” said James Ferrin, owner of CMG Glass and Granite on Metcalf Road. “Eighty percent of the business owners have to use the road to back in or back up.

“We get deliveries all day long, and if I have to meet (delivery drivers) somewhere else, it increases the cost. People can’t be installing at the same time they’re doing the delivery,” Ferrin added. On Friday, to deal with the potential loss of time, Ferrin said, he increased his costs.”The problem is that my competition doesn’t have to do so,” he said. “My question is, what will happen with Honeywagon and Waste Management, will they be able to pick up?” Those wanting to voice their opinions and talk about solutions to the problem should attend Wednesday’s meeting, Layman said.

“It’s a safety issue as well as a convenience issue because it stops people who are going to work,” Layman said.Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or Vail, Colorado

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