Los Angeles Paves the Way for Residential Truck Ban
July 21, 2000
A ban on big rigs on North 7th Street in Los Angeles will get a little help, thanks to the construction of an alternative route funded by the state of California.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a city ordinance requiring trucks to stay off 7th Street kicked in last month, but doesn’t seem to be working too well, considering there aren’t any signs posted and truckers don’t know of another way to go.
State officials informed residents earlier this week that $2 million will be used to widen an onramp near Olympic Boulevard and Lemon Street leading to the Golden State Freeway, providing a truck traffic detour.
Trucks using North 7th Street could be looking at a $200 fine. Officials say signs will be posted in September.
State officials have expressed an interest in expanding the ban against tractor-trailers to all residential areas of Boyle Heights, which was sectioned off by the East Los Angeles freeway interchange during the 1960s, and is home to six schools, several churches and a lot of pedestrian traffic.