Council set to ban semi trucks on 2nd Street
After two months of discussion, Lawton has taken the first step in a proposal to discourage heavy trucks from using Northwest and Southwest 2nd Street.
The Traffic Commission, a recommending body to the City Council, has unanimously recommended that the city install "No Trucks Over 5 Tons Weight" signs along 2nd Street between Northwest Ferris and Southwest C avenues. That recommendation now will go to the City Council for a final decision, where Ward 4 Councilman Jay Burk predicted the proposal would receive a positive reception. Burk, who also is chairman of the Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority, proposed the idea of banning semis from Northwest 2nd Street.
The proposal isn't as easy as it seems. While the city has done extensive remodeling to the street to create a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare that complements the new retail development on the east side of the road, as well as existing businesses and future development, there are trucks that routinely use Northwest 2nd Street to make their deliveries.
Burk said it wasn't his intent to harm businesses that need trucks to make deliveries, but he noted there are alternate routes for delivery trucks to use, including the redeveloped Railroad Street that runs parallel and east of Northwest 2nd Street as a delivery route for retailers and the hotel that are part of the downtown redevelopment project.
City officials acknowledge there are problems that could be created by banning semi trucks from Northwest 2nd Street, but Burk and other city officials said they can work around the worst problem they found: deliveries to a car dealership on the corner of Gore Boulevard and Northwest 2nd Street. Dan Mullins Nissan accepts deliveries of vehicles and parts at its facility, and while new vehicles are delivered via Northwest 3rd Street, trucks delivering heavy engines have a limited route, which means pulling into the auto complex via an alley on Northwest 3rd Street, then leaving via the same alley through its access point on Northwest 2nd Street.