By Kimberly A. Michalak
An alternative truck route for commercial vehicles was the topic of discussion at a public hearing at the April 10 Camillus Town Board meeting.
Supervisor Mary Ann Coogan received a letter sent to Jim Walsh from the New York State Department of Transportation stating that they are going to do a study as per request of the town.
The public hearing on this topic will remain open until the New York State DOT responds.
"I have received three phone calls regarding the truck route for commercial vehicles, all of which expressed the opinion that the Route 173 to West Genesee Street westbound route will not work for large 65 ft. trucks with sleepers," Coogan said. "It is believed that the best route would be to direct commercial vehicles to exit the highway near Wegmans and head west on West Genesee Street."
Coogan also noted that she received additional comments related to traffic concerns regarding overcrowding on Warners Road where it intersects with West Genesee Street.
Chief Winn explained that the proposed plan for the trucks to go Hinsdale Road South to Milton Avenue East to North Onondaga and then off to West Genesee Street.
The original plan with the New York state and county DOT was to go westbound on Milton Avenue to the village of Camillus, head west bound under the bridge; however, the bridge is 11 feet, 8 inches and trucks can be up to 13 feet, 5 inches, so the original plan had to be altered.