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June 3, 2014

Police monitoring speeding along Spring Street in New Albany

Traffic enforcement enhanced in response to residents' complaints

NEW ALBANY — Responding to complaints from city residents, New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey said traffic enforcement has been enhanced along Spring Street.

Two residents that spoke during the New Albany Board of Public Works Meeting Tuesday also questioned the city’s policy regarding weight and safety standards for tractor-trailers.

Bailey said he will research the city’s laws — if there are any — regarding weight limits for vehicles, and report back to the board of works next week.

 The issue has also been raised by New Albany City Councilman John Gonder, who said he was concerned about the damage habitual use of the roads by heavy commercial vehicles will cause to streets.

With East Main Street constricted due to construction, Roger Baylor, co-owner of the New Albanian Brewing Co. who resides off Spring Street, said more tractor-trailers are appearing on other city streets.

Large, fast-traveling vehicles such as tractor-trailers are hazardous to residents, particularly pedestrians, Baylor said.

He added that speeding is a general problem on Spring Street regardless of the type of vehicle.

Bailey said that NAPD traffic enforcement officers have been assigned to the area and will continue to monitor Spring Street “for as long as we have a problem and then some.”

Road blocks still banned

Last year, the board of works, with backing from the administration and city council, elected to ban residents and organizations from setting up road blocks on streets to collect donations.

The practice is potentially hazardous and the decision was made with public safety in mind, officials said.

Warren Nash, president of the board works, said Tuesday the New Chapel Volunteer Fire Department setup a road block recently, as they apparently didn’t realize the city’s stance on the issue.

Bailey said he spoke with the group and they were unaware of the ban and that it appeared to be a misunderstanding.

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