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Big Rigs Causing Big Headaches for Some Wicomico Neighbors

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Truck traveling through East Village subdivision. (Photo: Cindy Waters) Truck traveling through East Village subdivision. (Photo: Cindy Waters)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.- Neighbors in one Wicomico County subdivision are tired of the 18-wheeler traffic traveling through their neighborhood.

The East Village subdivision is located just off Beaglin Park Drive right outside of the Salisbury city limits.  Residents there said their streets are normally quiet and reserved for people that call that area home.  However, many neighbors there said over roughly the past two years, they have had some unwelcome motorized visitors: 18-wheel tractor-trailers making their way through that subdivision.

"They're coming through our residential development and I can't seem to stop them," said Cindy Waters, president of the East Village homeowners' association.

The trucks are making deliveries to a local building supply company on the other side of the subdivision.  However, the trucks are just dropping off supplies and are not owned by the building company.  And neighbors in East Village said the route through their subdivision is not even the most direct to that company.  Waters said the most frustrating part of the truck traffic is how fast the trucks travel down her street.

"They're going so fast we cannot stop them," she said. " They are turning that corner and they're in third gear before they get three houses down."

Recently, the homeowners' association purchased its own road signs aimed at deterring the truck drivers.  However, the signs were taken down by the Wicomico County Roads Division.  The superintendent of the roads division, Lee Outen, told WBOC that installing signs on your own is illegal which is why the East Village signs were removed.  In their place, the roads division installed three new signs that prohibit vehicles over two axles from parking, stopping, or standing on the subdivision streets.  But the signs do not prohibit the trucks from traveling those roads.  And it is those trucks traveling through that has some neighbors concerned.

"I have grandchildren and I don't even let them play after school out there because you never know when they're going to turn in there," said neighbor Kenny Niblett, who is also the vice president of the homeowners' association.

Outen said if neighbors have an issue with these trucks, they need to contact the roads division for help.  Outen said the roads division will install a counter on the roads in question.  The device will track the number of trucks that pass by, the type of truck traveling the road, and how fast those trucks are traveling.  If the roads division confirms an issue with the trucks, a proposal for a truck restriction on those roads will be taken to the Wicomico County Council.  The council has final approval on whether a truck restriction is placed on county roadways.

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