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Traffic Talk: As growth and progress continue, so does the volume of traffic

Don Gammill: Heavy loads and heavy traffic flow can affect the conditions of roadways, as well as nerves of residents
By Don Gammill, Staff Writer Modified: July 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 14, 2014

With growth and development can come many concerns for those living near the route. Here’s one such example of an area with a lot of traffic that has attracted some recent commentary from residents.

Our house in North Edmond backs onto Covell. Do you know of any existing or future bylaws to restrict or reduce the amount of heavy trucks from Interstate 35 along Covell to Boulevard. Most of these trucks are loaded with drill pipe coming from or to the pipe storage facility on Coffee Creek? Besides the noise of occasional “Jake Braking,” there are visible ruts in Covell between I-35 and Boulevard. I realize that Coffee Creek does not have access to I-35 and that sometime in the future there are plans for widening Covell from Boulevard to I-35; but, aren’t there any weight or noise limits in place now?

— Lance & Judy

Edmond’s transportation planner, Tom Minnick, says, “There are no weight/noise restriction signs posted on Covell. City code requires a permit for any oversized vehicle which exceeds the state law.

“Covell is often used by trucks because there are on/off ramps at I-35. The pavement issues will be addressed once the remainder of Covell is widened. Covell design standards will account for trucks by building thicker concrete surface to withstand trucks as well as larger corner radius for turning trucks.

“Current vehicle ‘noise’ and ‘oversized’ ordinances are as follows:

“10.16.030 Mufflers and cut-outs.

“Every motor vehicle, including motorcycles or motor bikes, shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke, and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, by-pass, whistle or similar device upon a motor vehicle on the streets or any place within the City of Edmond. No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in any manner which will amplify or increase the noise or sound emitted louder than that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle. (Ord. 727 § 1, 1973; 1954 Code § 399).

“10.16.050 Oversized or overloaded vehicle.

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