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City still refining proposed semitrailer routes

Second public meeting to be held Tuesday

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – In an effort to spare city streets, roads and bridges, Dixon is working on approved routes for semitrailers to get through the city.

A public meeting was held Thursday night at the Public Safety Building with representatives from the city, the Dixon Police Department and the street department.

Click here for a look at the routes.

After a second public meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Public Safety Building, 220 S. Hennepin Ave., an ordinance will be sent to the City Council for approval, which City Administrator David Nord said is likely to happen in July.

The ordinance, and the routes, are being established to reduce the damage done to city bridges, roads and curbs and to reduce the amount of semitrailer traffic downtown.

The ordinance, according to the city’s presentation Thursday night, will only affect 4- or 5-axle semitrailers, and the height, length and width of the semitrailers is the issue.

Among the approved routes, as of Thursday night, is state Route 26, state Route 2 and state Route 52, as well as portions of Seventh Street, West First Street and North Brinton Avenue.

The streets downtown included as useable routes are Galena Avenue; Second Street from Galena Avenue west and eastbound West First Street to Peoria Avenue and then across the bridge.

Approved routes for the semitrailers will be marked with signs, which show the back of the semitrailer and a green circle.

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