CONCORD -- Farm Bureau Road residents no longer will endure the noise, pollution and vibrations caused by large trucks rumbling past their homes.

The City Council has passed a resolution that effectively bans truck traffic on the two-lane street.

With the exception of buses, public utility vehicles and garbage trucks, commercial vehicles weighing more than three tons may only use the 20 street segments that are part of the city's truck route network. Designated as a truck route in 1968, Farm Bureau Road is the only one in Concord that runs primarily through a residential neighborhood.

At just over a mile long, Farm Bureau Road connects Willow Pass Road and Clayton Road, carrying about 10,200 vehicles per day, according to the city.

Students who attend Wren Avenue Elementary School walk and ride bikes on the busy street to reach the campus. The trucks spew exhaust, cause backups at stop signs, and add to the wear and tear on the roadway, according to Ray Kuzbari, transportation manager.

Over three days in early September, city staffers counted 595 medium- and large-sized trucks on the road, including 85 during both the morning and evening commute. Gravel trucks, gas tankers and big rigs delivering goods to supermarkets all use the road as a shortcut between Highway 4 and Clayton Road, Kuzbari said.

City staffers determined that the best alternative route would avoid residential neighborhoods and take trucks through downtown Concord from Clayton Road to Port Chicago Highway and Grant Street to Highway 242 -- a trip that is a mile shorter than the Farm Bureau Road route, according to Kuzbari.


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"If Farm Bureau Road were removed from the truck route system there would be 600 fewer truck miles on city streets," he said.

Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister pointed out that Farm Bureau Road residents expressed support for the change and in fact, asked why it has taken the city so long to take trucks off their street. Once Kuzbari determined that the council has the authority to revise truck routes, the decision was easy, she said.

Banning trucks from Farm Bureau Road would improve the quality of life in the neighborhood and safety around the elementary school without reducing access to businesses or the highways, Kuzbari concluded.

The change goes into effect immediately, but during a 30-day grace period, police will warn, but not ticket, drivers of vehicles heavier than three tons found using Farm Bureau Road. Trucks making deliveries to houses on Farm Bureau Road or that are there to conduct business with residents will be allowed.

Although Mayor Tim Grayson supported the resolution, he expressed concern that some larger pickup trucks that people use as their business and personal vehicle may weigh at least three tons and would, therefore be subject to the new rule. The council will consider changing the weight limit at a future meeting.

Lisa P. White covers Concord and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.

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