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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 Milton truck committee reports signs of success By Rosanne Pack route. He wants to know what Those who are concerned with Milton can do to make it mandate- the rumbling and quaking caused ry. by heavy trucks moving through Milton can take some comfort in the fact that some bureaucratic progress has been made, even though the 18-wheelers are still rolling along Federal and Union streets. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DeIDOT) is in the process of getting "Alternate Truck Route" signs ready to post around the Milton area. According to Bruce Litfleton, DeIDOT plan- ner, a communication went to the study section of the department on Thursday, Oct. 30, instructing the staff to determine the appropriate wording and best locations for the signs. Littleton said, "We can have the signs ready to go up within two weeks, but we want to give some thought to exactly how they should be worded and the loca- tions where they will be most ef- fective. "I can say that the signs will be up before the end of the year, and possibly much sooner than that." That's the good news. The not- so-good news is that the signs will designate a voluntary rome, not a mandatory one. The route in question is actually Delaware Route 5, and neither the town nor the state can close it to truck traffic under the existing conditions. "Just having the signs up doesn't mean that truckers won't choose to continue to travel through Milton. That's why we haven't rushed out and put them up," Littleton said. "We want to work with the town to decide what the message should be, how we can communicate it to trucking companies and how to accomplish decreasing truck traffic through Milton." Don Post, resident and commit- tee member, is pleased with the at- tention that DelDOT is giving to the traffic situation in Milton; however, he is not satisfied with the voluntary status of an alternate "We have homes and sites along this route that are included on state, national and local historic registers," he said. "Isn't there some way we can legally protect them from the damage that heavy traffic can cause?" For the time being, there doesn't appear to be such a way. However, committee members have learned that there are addi- tional methods of controlling and possibly slowing or discouraging truck traffic through town. Although 25 mph is the lowest speed limit that can be applied to a pubic road, a town can designate crosswalk areas and mark them with "Yield to Pedestrian" signs. Also, the police department can strictly enforce the speed limit and ticket all who exceed it, even if only by one or two miles an hour. At a recent alternate truck route committee meeting, Robert Blayney, a town council member, said that town officials should find out exactly what should be done to establish crosswalks and get appropriate signs. He said the committee could propose crosswalks at the library, town hall and perhaps Milton Middle School. Littleton said all that Milton of- ficials have to do is contact Del- DOT with their proposal for crosswalks, and department offi- cials will work with them. "Crosswalks have to be logical, but we have no qualms about helping the town designate them," he said. Melissa Welch, a planning liai- son with DelDOT, attended the truck committee meeting Mon- day; she said the department is willing to help the town solve the truck traffic dilemma in any legal and reasonable way. She men- tioned additional methods of slowing or discouraging traffic that Milton officials can consider. 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