What is a truck route?
A truck route is a designated route of interconnecting streets that form a network that truck operators may use to deliver goods and services to the community. These routes are established by City Ordinance O-06-331 [PDF].
What is the Purpose of Truck Routes in Maple Valley?
The City of Maple Valley has established a truck route system to limit truck use on local streets, as well as other non-truck route arterial streets. Truck use on non-truck route roadways is authorized only when no alternative exists. The truck route network is intended to concentrate truck traffic to the State Highways and designated City streets to better accommodate truck turning movements, facilitate truck route enforcement, protect residential areas from unnecessary truck traffic, and protect the safety of drivers and pedestrians.
The Truck Route Ordinance supports and implements the Transportation Element of the City of Maple Valley’s Comprehensive Plan by accommodating various modes of transportation while protecting city streets from adverse impacts.
What are the Truck Restrictions?
All trucks, truck tractors, truck and trailer combinations and/or truck tractor and semi-trailer combinations that are:
- Over eight feet in width, or
- Over thirty feet in length, or
- Over thirty-two thousand pounds licensed gross vehicle weight are REQUIRED to use this Truck Route Network while within the City of Maple Valley limits.
Where are the Truck Routes?
- Route 1 - Kent Kangley Road from State Route 169 to the east City limits of Maple Valley ("City limits")
- Route 2 - Summit Landsburg Road from Kent Kangley Road to the east City limits
- Route 3 - 216th Avenue SE from the south City limits to State Route 516
- Route 4 - Witte Road from State Route 169 to the north City limits
- Route 5 - SE 231st Street from State Route 169 to Witte Road
Exemptions - The following types of operation of certain trucks, truck tractors, truck and trailer combinations, and/or truck tractor and semi-trailer combinations (“large truck operation”) that otherwise would be subject to the restrictions in the truck route regulations are exempt from the restrictions: (a) large truck operation conducted by businesses located outside of the City’s corporate boundaries that use non-truck route roadways in the City, specifically including but not limited to Wax Road, to get to and from their business provided the travel, to and from their business, is within one mile of the City’s corporate limits; (b) large truck operation conducted by businesses located within the City’s corporate boundaries that use non-truck route roadways in the City to get to and from their business, provided such businesses only use non-truck route roadways, to and from their business, to reach an authorized truck route or as otherwise set forth in the truck route regulations; and (c) municipal vehicles, authorized buses, and authorized solid waste and recycling disposal vehicles.
There will two types of signage for these truck routes:
Signs will be placed at the appropriate locations to advise drivers using Witte Road, SE 276th Street, SE 280th Street, 228th Avenue SE and SE 271st Place that large trucks are prohibited. This sign will be two pieces; (1) a Standard MUTCD R5-2* and (2) an information sign below stating "OVER 32,000 GVW EXCEPT LOCAL DELIVERIES with M.V. ORD. O-06-331".
Truck route directional signs will be placed in strategic locations to assist trucks in finding approved routes.