Citing concerns about near by schools and existing levels of heavy traffic, the Will County Board rejected a proposal for a new trucking terminal in New Lenox Township on Route 30 U.S. 30 near Gougar Road. The country board members voted overwhelmingly to reject a plan to allow a local trucking company to move its truck terminal from Joliet, Illinois to a 14-acre site.
Community Safety Is Always a Concern
As a local truck accident attorney, I have a deep appreciation for the trucking industry. Without trucks, goods would make it to our local stores. Without the trucking and transport industry, many men and women would struggle to care for their families.
Yet, these big rigs can be as big as 53 feet long and can weigh 80,000 pounds. Even the smaller, local delivery trucks can weigh upwards of 35,000 pounds. Where to place a depot for machines of that size absolutely needs to be a community decision. As reported in a news article by the Chicago Tribune, the truck terminal proposal was opposed by New Lenox, Providence Catholic High School and Silver Cross Hospital. All three of those organizations expressed worry about road safety. The intersection of Rte. 30 and Gougar Road is already busy. Moreover, there is a railway crossing just up the road too.
Teens and Big Trucks
A couple of years ago, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance created a program “Teens And Trucks” to help educated young drivers on driving safely near big trucks. That this proposed truck terminal is so close to a high school – where many teen drivers coming and going – it strikes me as a valid concern. In my experience as a leading truck crash lawyer, teen drivers and big trucks are always a safety concern. I am pleased that the Will County Board took the time to assess the safety issues in this truck terminal application.
Committed to Road Safety
For the past three years, I have served a member of the National Advisory Board of APITLA, a group focused on improving the safety record of the trucking industry. I also serve on the Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. With this experience,I applaud the Will County Board and the Joliet community for engaging collectively about this important issue for their local Illinois area.