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City to Offer Two Opportunities to Voice Concerns over Trousdale Traffic Tuesday

After three recent accidents on Loma Vista Drive -- two of them fatal -- involving heavy trucks, the city suspended construction traffic in the area in May.

Heavy duty trucks are currently prohibited in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills. Credit: WestCoastHighliners.com.
Heavy duty trucks are currently prohibited in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills. Credit: WestCoastHighliners.com.
Still concerned about construction-related traffic in the Trousdale area? So is the city and you'll have two opportunities Tuesday to voice those concerns to officials.

First, the Traffic and Parking Commission/City Council liaison committee will meet at 9 a.m. to discuss recommendations for improving traffic safety in the Trousdale area. Then, the City Council will make the issue the subject of a study session at 2:30 p.m.

After three recent accidents on Loma Vista Drive -- two of them fatal -- involving heavy trucks, the city suspended construction traffic in the area in May.

At the May 20 study session, council members heard recommendations from the liaison committee of the Traffic and Parking Commission and continued the current suspension of heavy hauling in the Trousdale area. The suspension applies to all hauling vehicles that are three or more axles or exceed 26,000 pounds in gross weight.

Preliminary safety recommendations proposed restricting the size of trucks in the area to two axles and 26,000 pounds or less, fully loaded, and with all deliveries requiring larger vehicles adhere to a detailed hauling plan for each construction site that would include:
  • A comprehensive construction and hauling schedule
  • Predefined hauling route
  • Hauling permit renewed every 30 days
  • Proof of daily vehicle inspection form
  • 90-day CHP truck certification
  • Enforcement by commercial vehicle experts
In addition, roadway safety improvements include increasing the number and visibility of signage, permanent speed indicator signs, increased California Highway Patrol assistance on sections and road striping. 

Other possible measures under considerations include requiring specialized braking systems on large trucks with deliveries or pickups in Beverly Hills and installing security cameras in the area.

The Beverly Hills City Hall Council Chambers are at 455 N. Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills.

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