Truck restrictions

With the ongoing economic development the city of Litchfield Park is experiencing, along with its population growth, residents have raised concerns about the traffic congestion along major roadways. 

Litchfield Park dignitaries heard the concerns and have officially taken action in hopes of clearing up traffic throughout the city. 

Effective May 1, through truck traffic will no longer be allowed on Camelback Road from 127th Avenue West to North Village Parkway. Trucks should plan to use Dysart Road or Northern Parkway.

“The truck restrictions have been a city ordinance since 2020,” said Matthew Williams, Litchfield Park city manager. “What the truck ordinance did is basically restricted through trucks. What a through truck means is a truck that’s just passing through the city. Obviously, trucks that have pickups or deliveries in the city are still allowed. Just like if the truck business itself is located in the city, they’re still allowed. What is not allowed is trucks just driving through the city to go to another location.”

During the council meeting on March 16, Camelback Road from 127th Avenue west to North Village Parkway was annexed into the city of Litchfield Park. 

“The city truck route is Dysart Road, they can run up and down Dysart all day long, but other city streets they cannot be on unless they meet certain conditions,” Williams added.

With the annexation, the city will be enforcing Litchfield Park City Code 12-6, passed in May 2020, which prohibits trucks, defined as vehicles designed or used primarily for the carrying of property other than the effects of the driver or passengers, and includes a motor vehicle to which has been added a box platform or other equipment for such carrying, from using city streets other than truck routes.

First-time offenders will be given a warning. Repeat offenders will be punishable under section 12-6 of city code. Signage will be installed in upcoming weeks.

“We’re not going to start enforcing this until May 1, as we will give them time to know that this is coming,” Williams said. “We sent out over 100 letters to trucking companies last Thursday to make them aware, and that gives them basically 45 days to know this is starting May 1.”

Williams said residents’ complaints were a major factor in creating the restrictions, as well as the impact the large trucks would eventually have on the street over time. 

“A lot of heavy truck traffic comes into the city, creating a lot of road noise and traffic,” he said. “Also, that’s very hard on the streets. Heavy trucks wear out the streets faster just by sheer weight and use.”

Additionally, Williams said the growth of the West Valley makes the restrictions necessary. 

“Litchfield Park, we’re growing around all our sides,” he said. “So traffic is increasing. So we put the ordinance in place in 2020. As far as the city streets, it is already in place. What has changed now is that we have annexed Camelback Road, and because we have annexed Camelback Road from the county, those conditions will now also apply to Camelback Road.” 

Williams said he looks forward to the benefits the restrictions will provide Litchfield Park residents, as well as the entire West Valley that travels through or visits the city. 

“The main thing obviously will be less truck congestion, but also, less traffic, less wear and tear on the roads, and less noise,” he said. “There’s a lot of good parts to it.”

He added that truckers have the ability to use alternate routes that were specifically meant for through traffic. 

“Northern Parkway was built for truck traffic such as this, and that’s pretty close by,” he said. “Trucks can go to Northern; they can also go to 303. There’s a lot of other routes that trucks can take.”

Exceptions to

truck restrictions 

Exceptions to the road restrictions are as follows:

• Fire apparatus, road machinery or implements of husbandry including farm tractors temporarily moved upon a city street.

• Trucks’ delivering of merchandise, materials or equipment going to a specific location on a restricted street. In such cases, said vehicles shall use the restricted streets for as short a distance as possible.

• Trucks having a base of operations on a city street may enter or leave its base of operations at any time by the most direct route.

• Trucks picking up or delivering to businesses or addresses on said streets. In such cases, said vehicles shall use said city streets for as short a distance as possible.