Dickinson truck routes to remain mostly intact after community response
Dickinson residents have successfully lobbied the City Commission in the last few weeks to leave a southeastern Dickinson truck route unchanged.
Residents packed the Sept. 18 commission meeting, and many of them were there to voice protests at a public hearing on proposed changes to truck routes through Dickinson.
The most contentious issue for many was closing the E I-94 Business Loop for through traffic trucks and moving much of the traffic to the W I-94 Loop.
The changes were proposed when the city prepared to do a road project on Eighth Street South and received several verbal and one written comment from homeowners asking that their road be removed from the truck route, said City Engineer Craig Kubas.
But this change, many argued at the commission meeting, would burden businesses with extra costs, make life more difficult for truckers and create traffic issues on a potentially overburdened western route.
After several truckers, business owners and farmers complained about the proposed change, Troy Anderson of Troy Anderson Trucking implored the commission to consider the large number of people protesting truck route changes compared to those who advocated for them.
"This is affecting the city of Dickinson in all aspects," Anderson said. "Sometimes you gotta realize who's the choir."
Commissioners, surprised by the intensity of the community's response, asked speakers not to jump to conclusions and to consider that most local deliveries would not be affected. They said exemptions for agricultural producers could be made and that permitting processes could be adjusted.
At the end of the hearing, Mayor Scott Decker assured those concerned about truck route changes that no final decision had been made.
"We're not shutting down any road right now," he said.
The City Commission meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, was dominated mostly by the sale of a downtown city parking lot to Odyssey Theatres, but at the end of the meeting commissioners made a final decision on proposed truck route changes.
Kubas said that due to "overwhelming support to continue to the use of the southeast truck route in Dickinson" at the previous commission meeting, he recommended approval of a plan to keep the southeast route intact, while retaining a change to move the northwest bypass further west.
City commissioners unanimously voted to approve the plan.