BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) - Law enforcement in Battle Ground is on the lookout for trucks driving through town that exceed the road weight limits. Town Marshal Jerry Burk said this problem has grown since the State Road 18 construction closure.
Routing devices often take drivers through town to avoid the road closure. However, he said heavy trucks need to take state-designated detour routes.
A town ordinance established Battle Ground's road weight limits in 1993.
"Our heaviest street is a ten ton street, or 20,000 pounds," he said. "Some of these trucks that are coming through here are weighing 60 to 70,000 pounds."
Burk said a concrete truck can weigh almost 80,000 pounds. He said they plan to install more weight limit signs and increase patrols. When heavy trucks drive on the town's roads, it can cause damage over time.
"It's a safety issue as far as the public goes and it's a monetary thing for the town of Battle Ground," he said. "When the streets get torn up, we have to use taxpayer money to fix them."
The original ordinance said that vehicles weighing more than $20,000 pounds can't drive on Prophet Street, Railroad Street or Main Street. Vehicles weighing more than 9,000 pounds can't drive on any side streets of Battle Ground. Since North Street and Techumseh are extensions of State Road 225, those roads are not covered in the ordinance.
The ordinance also lists exemptions. Moving vans, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, emergency vehicles, farm vehicles, buses and service vehicles providing service within the town are exempt.
Lastly, the ordinance establishes fines for someone who is violating the law. The first offense is $150, second offense is $200 and subsequent offenses results in a fine of $500.