The Parking Zone – February 2019
Truck stops battle with local governments to build new locations
New reports regarding local truck parking are too numerous and small in scope to report on individually. However, what each of these news items means to the underlying national problem is too significant to ignore. Below is a roundup of the latest truck parking-related news items from across the United States.
Proposed truck stops
A common theme in truck parking news is truck stop companies battling with city councils to build a new location. Sometimes it ends up in the company’s favor. Other times, the NIMBY crowd shuts them down.
From Nov. 1 through the end of 2018, developers have been seeking new truck stop locations in Santa Rosa County, Fla.; Macon, Ga.; Conneaut, Ohio; Joplin, Mo.; Pine Bluff Ark.; and Jurupa Valley, Calif. In all of these cases, city officials have looked favorably at these proposals.
However, the Pilot Flying J plan in Jurupa Valley came across a lot of resistance. Namely, the Jurupa Valley School Board officials were unanimously opposed. In the end, the city found the benefits outweighed any potential drawbacks.
It was a good end of the year for truck stop developers.
Neighborhood parking ban
In December, several municipalities throughout the nation either proposed or installed a ban on residents parking their trucks in their neighborhood. This may not have a major effect on the truck parking problem for long-haul drivers while on the job, but truck parking should not be a problem when truckers are off the clock as well.
Forks Township, Pa., is mulling over a proposed ordinance to ban parking trucks on neighborhood streets. The draft ordinance was the result of one person complaining to the city’s board of supervisors.
In Pierce County, Wash., city officials are strengthening a no-parking ordinance. The code that used to prohibit truck parking in residential areas from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. has been changed to no parking at any time for more than two hours. Changes came as a result of the lone commercial vehicle enforcement officer in town, who worked only during the day, unable to enforce the law.
Truckers who live in Murfreesboro, N.C., will have to find somewhere other than home to park their work vehicle. The town recently adopted a new ordinance that states “No truck … shall be parked in the streets controlled by the town in any neighborhood zoned residential…” Fines will be $50 for each violation. Each day will be considered a separate offense.
New truck stop locations
Love’s Travel Stops and Pilot Flying J were busy in 2018 opening new locations. Below are locations opened in November and December, adding a total of more than 800 truck parking spaces:
- Love’s at 17919 Newtown Road (Interstate 74, Exit 206), Oakwood, Ill. (67 truck parking spaces).
- Love’s at 1201 S. Hillcrest (Interstate 30/Texas Highway 19, Exit 122), Sulphur Springs, Texas (92 spaces).
- Love’s at 3900 S. Radio Road (Interstate 40, Exit 127), El Reno, Okla. (95 spaces).
- Love’s at 2105 Barnes St. (Highway 29, Exit 150), Reidsville, N.C. (109 truck parking spaces).
- Love’s at 3880 Loop 467 (Interstate 10, Exit 404), Sonora, Texas (71 spaces).
- Love’s at 2241 Fair Road (Interstate 75, Exit 90), Sidney, Ohio (130 spaces).
- Love’s at 2201 County Road 17 (off U.S. Highway 20), Elkhart, Ind. (85 spaces).
- Love’s at 9104 Winterberry Ave. (Interstate 64, Exit 21), Low Moor, Va. (56 spaces)
- Love’s at 11801 E. I-40 (Interstate 40, Exit 161), North Little Rock, Ark. (reopening).
- PFJ at 410 E. Kansas Ave., Jal, N.M. (43 spaces).
- PFJ at 3515 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, Fla. (27 spaces).
- PFJ at 1850 Main Street (Highway 111 and Highway 78), Brawley, Calif. (29 spaces). LL