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City of Colorado Springs / Traffic Engineering / Transportation Planning / Citizens' Transportation Advisory Board / CTAB Subcommittees / Trucking Issues Subcommittee / Truck Route Review

Truck Route Review

The Trucking Issues Subcommittee (TISC), which is a City Council-approved subcommittee of the Citizens' Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB), has been tasked to review the City's Truck Route system and truck operations regulations.   The CTAB and TISC presented their recommendations to City Council on September 22, 2009.  Council accepted all recommendations of the Board, which are contained in the staff report to Council, available by clicking on the TISC Document Library link on the left navigation screen.  A second reading of the ordinance which would formalize acceptance of CTAB's recommendations was held on October 13.  At that time, Councilmembers unanimously agreed to postpone this item until October 27.

BACKGROUND
The TISC decided that the foundation for the truck route network should consist of roads with higher functional classifications: freeways, expressways and principal arterials.  With that as a foundation, the TISC reviewed exceptions to those parameters. That is, the Subcommittee focused its review on 41 road segments that fall into one of two categories: 

  1. Road segments that are classified as freeways, expressways or principal arterials, but are not currently designated as truck routes (21 roadways)
  2. Road segments that are currently designated as truck routes, but are classified as a minor arterial or below (20 roadways)

The City and the Surface Transportation Advisory Coalition retained the services of transportation engineering consultant Felsburg Holt & Ullevig to perform an impact analysis of the modifications to the truck route system that TISC was considering.  A copy of that report, along with maps and other information that TISC members used to review the City's truck route system, are available by clicking on the TISC Document Library link on the left navigation screen.

The TISC developed preliminary findings/recommendations and presented them to CTAB and City Council in July 2007. Based on input from the Board, Councilmembers and the community, TISC refined its process and reported back to Council.  The Subcommittee then concentrated on gaps and redundancies in the truck route system, and convened stakeholder groups to discuss the likely redundant or possible gap-filling routes in the network.  From those group meetings and stakeholder input, recommendations were developed.  The CTAB considered the TISC recommendations, and then made its own recommendations to the City Planning Commission on August 20, and to City Council on September 22.  On October 27, 2009, City Council unanimously approved the proposed changes to the City's truck route network, and passed Ordinance 09-118 on second reading November 10. 

The new truck route plan map and summary of changes to the truck route network are posted on the TISC Document Library page.   Any changes to the truck route network made in a calendar year are implemented on January 1 of the following year.