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Joliet considers overweight fees for trucks

JOLIET – Joliet officials this week will consider new regulations for truckers.

A Joliet City Council committee is set to review a proposed fee for overweight permits and an ordinance penalizing truckers for blocking traffic.

Joliet does not charge trucks for overweight permits on city roads.

But overweight trucks have become a growing issue, with more truckers using Laraway Road since Elwood won state approval to close off another access route to the CenterPoint Intermodal Center complex that crosses into both towns.

City Manager Jim Hock said in February that Joliet would consider fees for overweight permits after Walter Strawn Road was shut down.

Joliet maintains Laraway Road, and Hock said Friday concerns about the impact of trucks on the road is a driving factor behind the proposal for fees.

“That’s really it – controlling the weight of the traffic on Laraway Road that’s going into CenterPoint,” he said.

The permit fee up for discussion is $500, City Attorney Marty Shanahan said. He noted the City Council ultimately will determine the amount of the fee or whether any should be set.

The matter is set be discussed at a meeting of the Land Use and Legislative Committee at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the planning conference room in City Hall.

Shanahan said the committee also will look at a proposed ordinance aimed at trucks blocking traffic.

The ordinance will give police increased enforcement powers in instances where semitrailers knock down poles or create other traffic hazards that block traffic and require city personnel to clear the roads.

“There have been some issues with semis that knock a pole down and block the street,” he said. “It gives the officers another option in ticketing truck drivers.”

He noted there was one recent incident in which a semitrailer “was overloaded, and it broke in half. It blocked the road for a couple of hours.”

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