Senior center asks A.F. council to limit downtown truck traffic

by Daniel Moore
Press Staff Writer
The Power County Senior Center wants less truck traffic outside its front door.
Senior Center representative Don Carlson appeared before the American Falls City Council to report a safety hazard: semi-trucks make the turn in front of the senior center building on their way to I-86 heading west.

Trucks should continue down the Highway 39 bypass and get on I-86 east of American Falls, even if the trucks are heading west, Carlson told the council. The Idaho Transportation Department suggested the city could create an ordinance that outlines truck routes away from the  senior center, he said.

It would only take trucks five more minutes to go around town, Carlson said. Two accidents have occurred with parked cars at the senior center and large trucks turning at the intersection of Idaho Street and Fort Hall Avenue, Carlson said. The senior center serves 45-50 people three times a week.

While no one was hurt in those accidents, one of the senior center’s patrons could fall and be run over, he said. The trucks already go over the curb while making a right turn on that intersection, and take up the left turn lane heading east on Fort Hall, he said. The intersection is not designed for trucks pulling double and triple trailers.

Trucks going that way also have to traverse four school zones before hitting the freeway, he added.

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