Truck traffic problems continue in Vail Village
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Despite more than six months of planning, negotiating, diplomatic discus-sions and trial runs, some Vail Village resi-dents still can’t sleep through the night.
“It’s the loud sound every morning at 5 a. m. that is the problem,” said Gore Creek Drive resident Richard Parker, referring to the sound of trucks and delivery men mak-ing early-morning deliveries every day. ” How would you like every morning to be awakened by idling diesel motors, the con-stant sound of the refrigeration, the dollies and everything else? It’d be nice to be able to sleep in until at least 7 a.m.”
The town has worked since last year to keep delivery trucks off the village’s busiest pedestrian streets during the daytime hours, setting up specific times and loading zones for truckers. Delivery trucks also were encouraged to go to underground loading docks throughout the village.
A loading and delivery pilot program began in January for the town to test out the new system and “educate” truck drivers on the new zones and times.
However, due to continuing complaints from residents who say that delivery truck drivers disobey the rules, park where they aren’t supposed to, block parking spaces and make noise in the early hours, the town said it plans to enforce the rules more strict-ly and crack down on violators.
Richard Liebhaber, a resident on East Meadow Drive, said that he’s repeatedly asked truck drivers to comply with loading or delivery rules but with little result.
“The truck drivers say the businesses told them to park there or that they don’t have time (to park in the designated zones) or that the designated zones don’t work for them,” he said.
Town Councilwoman Margaret Rogers suggested increasing the $38 ticket for a parking violation.
“We’ve tried really hard to accommodate the truck drivers, and they have been violat-ing our regulations,” she said. ” It doesn’t seem fair for the people living in the neigh-borhood, who I think have gone out of their way to be accommodating.”
The town also nixed the idea of creating a permanent truck loading area on the south side of Gore Creek Drive next to the Mill Creek Court building.
That would simply push noisy truck traf-fic toward other residences, and it wouldn’t solve the problem of vehicles coming down the street the wrong way and blocking up parking, said Chris Parks, representing the Vail Townhouse Association.
The town plans to research the traffic in the problem areas, enforce truck policies and revisit the issue in two months.
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