Howell Residents Concerned Over Truck Traffic and Speeding on Local Roads

At the recent Howell Town Council meeting, attention was focused on public safety concerns regarding heavy truck traffic and speeding on local roads. A resident presented evidence of excessive truck traffic and speeding, challenging the council on the adequacy of current traffic studies and enforcement measures.

During the public comment section, a Howell resident expressed ongoing concerns about truck traffic and speeding on a particular road, citing 1,200 trucks recorded over a six-day period by the Howell Township Police Department. The resident also reported an average speed of 39 miles per hour on a road with a 35 mph limit, according to police data, but contended through personal observation with a radar gun that speeds were consistently higher, between 40 to 50 mph. The dangers were emphasized with an account of school buses filled with children being potentially at risk due to trucks crossing into opposing lanes to negotiate turns.

Council members, without affirming the identity of those who responded, acknowledged the resident’s concerns and discussed the need to review the presented evidence, including videos, and revisit traffic studies. The possibility of addressing the truck traffic issue with weight restrictions was mentioned, but it was also noted that such restrictions would require a broader regional approach involving multiple jurisdictions.

In addition to the traffic concerns, the council discussed the reimplementation of residential resale inspections, which would mandate property inspections before the title transfer. An ordinance draft is expected to be presented in the coming month. The council also received commendations for the Department of Public Works for improvements and maintenance work in parks and open spaces, particularly the local dog park.

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Mayor:
Theresa Berger
City Council Officials:
Ian Nadel, Susan Fischer, Fred Gasior, Evelyn O’Donnell

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