No Through Truck Restrictions (NTT)
Update – The Hanover County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm. They will accept public comment on a revision to the proposed through truck restriction on Atlee Station Rd. to include the 0.82-mile section of Atlee Rd. between Atlee Station Rd. and Route 301.
For more information, see the Request for Authorization to Advertise Public Hearing from the 12/9/20 Hanover Board of Supervisors meeting
The proposed Wegmans Distribution Center will generate an estimated 600-800 trucks travelling to and from the facility on a daily basis, seven days a week. Citizens have been petitioning the Hanover County Board and VDOT to request that local residential roads get a "no thru-trucks" designation. This would make it illegal for trucks to use local roads as a pass through on their routes. The roads being considered for this designation are listed below with clickable links explaining options for alternatives routes:
966 people signed the petition ( view the petition ) to restrict through truck traffic earlier this year.
For a more thorough explanation of the NTT situation, please see our short "Primer" below!
A Primer on No Through Truck Restrictions
The proposed Wegmans Distribution Center will generate an estimated 600-800 trucks travelling to and from the facility on a daily basis, seven days a week. Wegmans anticipates that approximately 85% of these trucks will use Sliding Hill Road as the main access corridor between Interstate 95 and the facility. However, it is clear that trucking will utilize alternative routes to access the distribution center depending on their points of origin/destination and prevailing traffic congestion on I-95.
These alternative routes include Ashcake Rd., Peaks Rd., New Ashcake Rd., and Atlee Station Rd. Neighborhood citizens are concerned about this increase in truck traffic from the Wegmans project, as well as from other facilities within the area, and have discussed this with Hanover County officials to include the County Planning Office and Board of Supervisors. Each of these roadways and adjacent intersections has significant sight distance, alignment, pavement width and related design problems that directly impact highway safety. Furthermore, these roads serve significant residential communities, businesses, churches, schools, and emergency service facilities which would all be impacted by the increase in heavy truck usage. In response to these safety concerns and environmental impacts associated with heavy trucking, the Board of Supervisors has agreed to consider placing No Through Truck restrictions on these four roadways. There will be a public hearing on this question to be held on June 24, 2020 at the county administration office.
For those roads which the Board approves, the request for placing No Through Truck restrictions will go to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for further review and consideration. VDOT has specific criteria which must be met for a roadway to be recommended for NTT restrictions. It is unclear which of the four roads under consideration could meet these criteria. The CTB has responsibility for the final decisions. If approved for any of these roadways, the restrictions will apply to all commercial trucking greater than two axles, not just heavy semi-trucks and trailers, that are not making local delivery along that roadway.