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Belgrade residents concerned about road damage from commercial truck traffic

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UPDATE: 7/13/18, 4:10 P.M. - This updated version of the story correctly identifies J. Oakes Trucking and Holland Concrete as the firms that made statements about the trucks.

BELGRADE - Residents in Belgrade are upset about the recent traffic of commercial trucks in their neighborhood. 

Recently a neighborhood in Belgrade has had unusual traffic that they believe is affecting a main road through their subdivision.

"We’re getting large dump trucks with pup trailers running up and down the road 10, 12 18 times a day. They are designed for interstate traffic weights however these roads are not made to accept those weights,” homeowner Richard Baldwin said.

According to residents, their roads have changed drastically in the past few weeks.

Residents have become frustrated because Landmark Road may need to be repaved sooner than anticipated now. 

Homeowner Winston Morrissey said, “I don’t mind paying that money for the subdivision because we have a beautiful subdivision but I don’t like the fact that the roads, the road Landmark is being tore up by these trucks and they don’t have to pay a penny.”

Residents are also concerned about safety with the trucks traveling through.

“When you get a 60 to 80 thousand pound rig going down the road they’re not going to be able to stop for a kid on a bicycle, they’re not going to be able to stop for someone pulling out in front of them all of a sudden,” said Morrissey.

Erin Copper of Luna Properties, who manages the subdivision, was not available for comment. BND Excavation told KBZK it discontinued trucks traveling on the road after hearing about upset residents Wednesday. J Oakes Trucking and Holland Concrete both say they are not breaking any laws by traveling on the road and they are following the speed limit. Baldwin believes there is a resolution to this problem.

“If they would come out of their pit that is located on Richman Road, and turn left they could travel immediately to Thorpe Road and then follow the county road right on down into Belgrade instead of turning right which would put you immediately into this subdivision on Landmark Drive,” Baldwin said. 

J Oakes Trucking said Landmark Road is able to hold the weight of their trucks but homeowners disagree and say the weight of the trucks along with aggravation from the summer heat directly affects the quality of the road.

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