Pushed by Carson residents fed up with the fallout from rumbling trucks on city streets, the City Council this week will consider a measure to reroute big rigs off certain corridors.
The council will hold a public hearing Tuesday before it votes on a resolution that would restrict trucks from driving on Main Street from Broadway to Victoria Street, and on Victoria Street from Main Street to Central Avenue. Big rigs would continue to travel freely on Figueroa Street, Broadway and several other streets near the 91 and Harbor (110) freeways.
Residents complain that passing trucks have decimated their gardens with pollution, made it impossible for backyard barbecues because of noise, and ruined their windows with earth-shaking vibrations.
"The trucks are vibrating so much it's really destroying our property," resident Debra Mason said. "You're tearing up my house."
Though the truck routes have been the same for more than 15 years, residents say the current problems only began in 2010. Backyard barbecues are impossible there, some residents say, because of the noise of passing trucks.
Mayor Jim Dear said the trucks are a problem on those streets and initially suggested enforcing speed regulations. But residents there said the problems won't be fixed by slower moving trucks.
"I was texting on the sidewalk next to my car (on Main Street)," Dear said. "Out of the blue, I heard a rumbling sound like a herd of elephants coming down Main Street.
The council unanimously voted to bring the resolution forward to ban trucks from parts of Victoria and Main streets. If it is approved Tuesday, the city will remove truck-route signs from those areas and police will ticket offending drivers.
Trucks will still be welcome on many city thoroughfares, including Del Amo, Sepulveda and Lomita boulevards, 223rd Street, Wilmington Avenue and Broadway.
Resident Leo Moore said the changes would make things more difficult for truckers to get goods to local businesses, but that he believes the changes are still needed.
"We've been inundated with trucks in our community," Moore said. "It's not that we're against businesses, it's that trucks are a problem. If you can reroute trucks around residents, they will find a way to get to the businesses."