The Parking Zone – August 2020
August 31, 2020
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, ranging from proposed legislation regarding fines to new truck stops.
Hundreds of new truck parking spaces in California
Let’s start this Parking Zone on a strong note. A proposed truck parking yard for nearly 500 trucks is closer to reality in Manteca. Calif., according to the Manteca/Ripon Bulletin.
There was some resistance from residents in a large subdivision nearby. However, the city council and the developers reached a deal that would divert truck traffic away from the town. Apparently, that was enough to satisfy all parties. As a result, the truck parking yard will be operational 24/7.
According to the report, 10 different buyers were interested in the truck parking yard once completed. Further details are unknown as of publication, but nearly 500 truck parking spaces is a good start.
New Love’s coming to Idaho
A Love’s Travel Stops is currently being built in Bliss, Idaho, off of Interstate 84, according to KMTV.
This is one of those seemingly rare cases where a truck stop silently gets approved in a city with little to no resistance. The mayor even acknowledged how 85 new jobs will be available, which is a good thing.
When it is complete, there will be 116 more truck parking spaces in the area. Construction is expected to be finished in December.
Florida truck parking study complete
After months of working with private and public stakeholders, the Florida Department of Transportation has finally released the results of its Statewide Truck Parking Study. Truckers likely already know where the problems are, but now that the government does, action can be taken.
If you want to get into the weeds of the 142-page study, check it out here. Below are some key takeaways:
- FDOT will designate a truck parking champion, who is tasked with monitoring, implementing and serving as the FDOT Central Office point of contact for public and private truck parking stakeholders.
- Florida will establish a formal program that is supported by a defined funding apportionment of $10 million per year for at least five years. The Truck Parking Improvement Program should be similar to the Rest Area Program and Park and Ride Program, in that it defines truck parking facilities from FDOT’s perspective and establish FDOT’s role in truck parking.
- After four years or three rounds of project solicitations under the TPIP, FDOT Central Office should reassess the state’s truck parking needs and the outcomes.
Now that Florida has all the information it needs, the state can get to work with meaningful action. Truckers are tired of taking surveys, but this is the end result of taking them. Let’s hope they follow through with this.
Truck parking opposition in Kansas
A large truck has been proposed off of Interstate 135 in Park City, Kan., and many residents are not too thrilled about the idea.
According to KAKE, residents gathered signatures for a petition that opposes a possible truck stop in the town. The usual arguments are included: noise, light, etc. However, the truck stop is nothing more than an idea at this point.
To start, the potential location will need to be rezoned. So far, no rezoning request has been submitted. According to KAKE, the developer has not said much either. Essentially, the residents are putting a stop to this before it even begins. At this rate, truckers should not expect a new truck stop in Park City.
New truck stop coming to Stanton, Texas
If you have ever been to Tarzan, Texas, you might be familiar with Tarzan and Jane Gas and Grill. The brothers that own that plan to expand with a truck stop in Stanton.
According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, a second Tarzan and Jane Gas and Grill location is being built off of Interstate 20 in Stanton. The location is a former U.S. Army surplus store being remodeled for the truck stop.
Construction has been delayed because of the pandemic, but it appears that this definitely is going to happen. According to the report, the owners were going set up shop in Midland or Andrews. However, they chose Stanton because they felt the town needed another truck stop. The two moved to the area to work in the oilfields, so they likely know the needs of the trucks coming in and out of the area.
Dozens of trucks ordered to be removed
Even unofficial truck stops are under attack. A judge in Northampton County, Pa., has ordered a property owner to remove 50 tractor-trailers from a lot, according to Lehigh Valley Live.
The lot was formerly used for a car dealership’s excess inventory. However, the new owner has been using it to park 50 trucks. Officials argued that makes it a truck stop, which is not allowed without a permit. The order says it poses a 24-hour nuisance. Trucks also pose a safety threat because they have to makewide turns.
The property owner did not argue against the order. They owners are evicting the tenants who are using the lot to park trucks. Now, 50 trucks are without home, which will be hard to find in that area.
Truck World in Conneaut
A new Truck World in Conneaut, Ohio, is now open. The truck stop is near Route 7 and Interstate 90.
According to the Star Beacon, this has been in the making for a while. Discussions regarding construction began back in 2017. From there, it was the usual city council approval procedures.
The Star Beacon states the grand opening is in September, but the Truck World is open for business now.
Iowa closing several rest areas
The Iowa Department of Transportation recently announced the closure of 18 rest areas. However, there is some good news.
First, the bad news. IDOT will be shutting down eight of the 38 full-service rest areas. Additionally, the state will close 10 smaller parking-only rest areas. These closures will occur by 2028, when they reach the end of their useful life. Many of these rest areas are at least 50 years old, and replacing them will be too costly.
Now, the good news. IDOT will upgrade and expand truck parking at six strategically located parking-only rest areas. In total, Iowa will added nearly 250 truck parking spaces throughout the state.
Although closing 18 rest areas sounds bad, the compromise of adding nearly 250 truck parking spaces makes IDOT’s plans a win for truckers.
New Love’s and TravelCenters of America locations
Love’s and TravelCenters of America opened a total of four new locations, adding more than 360 truck parking spaces:
- Love’s at 1500 Monticello Road (off of Interstate 20, Exit 113) in Madison, Ga. (108 truck parking spaces).*
- Love’s at 1001 W. 11th Ave. (off of US 34/67, Exit W. 11th Avenue) in Monmouth, Ill. (87 spaces).
- Love’s at 674 E. State Highway 302 (off of Texas Highway 302, Exit CR 313) in Kermit, Texas (99 spaces).
- TA Express at 19210 N. Highway 93 in White Hills, Ariz. (67 spaces).
* This is actually Love’s largest ever travel stop, with more than 17,000 square feet of space.