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Goshen homeowner wants truck traffic rerouted

Man approached the Elkhart County commissioners Monday, Sept. 9, asking to have truck traffic rerouted along C.R. 40.
Posted on Sept. 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 9, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

GOSHEN — Truck traffic traveling to and from industrial parks on the southeast side of Goshen has gotten out of hand, according to a homeowner who lives in a residential area near a cluster of manufacturing plants.

Drivers of semi tractor trailers routinely speed on C.R. 40 and lose control of their vehicles, Tom Bigler told the Elkhart County commissioners Monday, Sept. 9. Bigler lives on C.R. 40 near C.R. 27 to the west of a Benteler truck warehouse.

“Probably a month ago, at 10 p.m. at night ... boom ... the house gets shook,” Bigler told the commissioners. “I go outside, and there is one of the trailers laying in the middle of C.R. 40. It hopped off the fifth wheel. It was sliding off the road. It blocked off C.R. 40 for probably two hours.”

A similar incident happened in the same area two weeks later, Bigler said. Ideally, he said he would like to see the truck traffic rerouted away from the nearby residential area.

“The trucks are up and down there 24/7, which is bad during the weekends because you’re not getting any sleep,” he said. “We’ve talked and tried to get it so that they would go through the Keystone complex, and we’ve had the doors slammed shut on that.”

Bigler said he has been in touch with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police’s transportation division about the problem.

County commissioner Mike Yoder said a woman who lives in the area called him last week about similar problems with trucks, suggesting installing flashing lights or lowering the speed limit. Yoder told Bigler that he would like to learn more about the problem and talk with the sheriff soon.

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