Heavy Trucks & Safety on our Streets.
As Sherwood and the region around us continues to grow, we see more and more truck traffic on our roads. To avoid traffic congestion on 99W, Roy Rogers Road and Tualatin-Sherwood Road trucks are starting to use our neighborhood streets. Navigation applications like Google Maps and Waze that are designed to help drivers avoid congestion are adding to the problem.
One good example is Sunset Blvd. In just 2.5 miles this local road passes two popular public parks, two school zones, and includes two significant steep grades. Recently large trucks have started using this road to avoid congestion on 99W and Tualatin-Sherwood Roads. Through truck traffic is putting the safety of our kids at risk, as well as impacting the character of our neighborhoods.
To get ahead of this problem the city council passed a new truck route ordinance.
This new ordinance creates through truck routes in our city and gives our police department the ability to issue citations to truck drivers using our side streets and residential areas when passing through town. This ordinance still allows trucks on our roads when their destination is within the city.