Chapter 10.48


10.48.010    Purpose and policy.

10.48.012    Definitions.

10.48.020    Truck routes designated.

10.48.030    Application of regulation.

10.48.040    Exceptions.

10.48.050    Right-of-way permit required.

10.48.060    Authority to impose additional weight limitations.

10.48.070    Liability for damage to streets and bridges – Excess weight.

10.48.080    Violations – Penalty.

10.48.010 Purpose and policy.

A. Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to establish truck routes within the city that promote compatible land uses, enhance public safety, and minimize pavement maintenance and reconstruction costs.

B. Policy.

1. Provide roadways that are safe for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians to use;

2. Provide truck routes that follow the guidance contained in the city’s comprehensive plan transportation element (the transportation plan);

3. Provide for the transportation of heavier products on roads (truck routes) best designed to handle the additional pavement stress in order to minimize the amount of maintenance and repair costs required on those streets;

4. Restrict the gross vehicle weight of vehicles traveling on non-truck route roads except where the use of these roads is necessary to travel from the point of origin within the city to the nearest truck route, or from a truck route to a destination point within the city;

5. Limit the number of truck routes to minimize the number of streets that need more expensive pavement construction and more frequent maintenance work;

6. Protect residential neighborhoods from:

a. Excessive truck traffic creating greater hazards to pedestrians, bicyclists, and children;

b. Increased congestion and noise pollution from truck traffic; and

c. Minimize pavement pot holes, raveling, rutting, or other pavement distress conditions that cause hazards to motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians;

7. Finally, it is recognized that during emergency situations, the director of public works or his designee shall have the authority to further restrict loads or create detours for vehicles traveling on city roads. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.012 Definitions.

A. “Regulated truck” is any vehicle designed or operated for the transportation of commodities, merchandise, produce, freight, animals, construction materials, equipment, or supplies, and whose body weight, or whose combined body and load weight, or whose rated capacity exceeds 16,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (Class 5 or larger trucks) including loaded or unloaded vehicles.

B. “Deviating truck” is a regulated truck which departs from a truck route or truck access road while traveling inside the city.

C. “Truck route” is a way over certain streets, as designated in this chapter, over and along which regulated trucks must operate.

D. “Truck access road” is a street to be used by regulated trucks to or from a destination within the city that is not adjacent to a truck route. These are commonly designated as minor arterial or collector streets. Truck access roads provide the most direct access to the closest intersection to the origin or destination point within the city.

E. “Local truck trip” is defined as all truck trips with the trip origin or destination within the city.

F. “Truck through traffic” is defined as regulated trucks with a trip origin and destination outside the city. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.020 Truck routes designated.

A. Truck Routes. City streets forming a part of the city truck route system are designated as follows:

1. SR410;

2. Old Sumner Buckley Highway;

3. 192nd Avenue between SR410 and Old Sumner Buckley Highway;

4. 214th Avenue;

5. South Prairie Road; and, when annexed

6. 120th Street;

7. 198th Avenue South of Rhodes Lake Road;

8. Rhodes Lake Road.

B. Truck Access Roads. Are used by regulated trucks to reach the closest intersection to the origin or destination point within the city. These are commonly designated as minor arterial or collector streets in the city’s transportation plan. The following streets are designated as “truck access roads”:

1. Bonney Lake Boulevard (east of Locust Avenue).

2. Locust Avenue.

3. Main Street.

4. Myer’s Road.

5. 182nd Avenue from Main Street to 77th Street.

6. West Tapps Highway.

7. Church Lake Road.

8. Kelly Lake Road.

9. 198th Avenue between SR410 and Old Sumner Buckley Highway.

10. 204th Avenue between SR410 and South Prairie Road.

C. A truck route and truck access road map shall be prepared and made available to the public. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.030 Application of regulation.

A. All truck through traffic shall utilize only the truck routes established in this chapter.

B. Local truck trips shall utilize only the truck routes and truck access roads established in this chapter, deviating only at the intersection with the street nearest to the destination point. Upon leaving the destination point, a deviating truck shall return to the closest truck route or truck access road by the shortest route.

C. Multiple Inside Destination Points. All regulated trucks entering the city for multiple destination points shall proceed over truck routes and truck access roads established in this chapter and shall deviate only at the intersection with the street nearest to the first destination point. Upon leaving the first destination point, a deviating truck shall proceed to other destination points by the shortest route. Upon leaving the last destination point, a deviating truck shall return to and remain on the nearest truck route(s) and truck access road(s).

D. All streets not designated as truck routes within the limits of the city of Bonney Lake shall be restricted to allow only vehicles rated under 16,000 pounds GVW (Class 4 trucks and smaller), except for local truck trips.

E. Signage identifying truck routes shall be placed along those streets identified as such in this chapter.

F. Signage prohibiting Class 5 and larger trucks shall be installed at the following locations to prohibit use of these roads by regulated trucks:

1. 200th Avenue Court south of the intersection with Brookside Way.

2. 104th Street west of the intersection with 200th Avenue Court.

3. 198th and 199th Avenues adjacent to Mountain View Middle School.

4. 192nd Avenue at intersections with Rhodes Lake Road and SR410.

5. Angeline Road at intersections with Old Sumner Buckley Highway and Rhodes Lake Road.

6. Sky Island Drive at intersections with SR410 and Rhodes Lake Road. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.040 Exceptions.

This chapter shall not prohibit use of city streets for:

A. Access to a State Highway. All vehicles have unrestricted access to SR410. The conditions in this chapter do not apply to SR410;

B. Operation on Street of Destination. The operation of trucks upon any street where necessary to conduct business at a destination point within the city is permitted; provided, that truck routes and truck access roads are used until reaching the intersection nearest the destination point and truck routes are accessed as soon as possible when departing the destination point;

C. Access to Emergency Vehicles. All emergency vehicles have unrestricted access to any street in the city;

D. Public and Private Utility Vehicles. The operation of trucks owned or operated by the city, other public utilities, private utilities, or any company, while engaged in the repair, maintenance or construction of streets, street improvements, public utilities, or private utilities within the city;

E. Government Vehicles. All vehicles owned and operated by governmental agencies and school districts in the performance of their duties;

F. Solid waste collection vehicles serving individual properties within the city;

G. Municipal transit vehicles;

H. Detoured Trucks. The operation of trucks upon any officially established detour;

I. Recreational vehicles including motor homes, campers, and travel trailers;

J. Tractors of combination vehicles belonging to or operated by persons residing within the city limits and used for commuting to their work places. Conditions applying to issuance of this exemption include:

1. Vehicle will not be allowed to run at idle within the city limits for more than 10 minutes; however, refrigerator trucks parked on commercial properties shall be allowed to run.

2. Vehicle shall not park on any city right-of-way or other city property, except recreational vehicles in compliance with Chapter 10.16 BLMC.

3. Vehicle shall not use engine/compression brakes within the city limits except when equipped with an operational muffler in compliance with Chapter 10.28 BLMC.

4. Vehicle shall park only on hard surfaces such as concrete, asphalt or gravel. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.050 Right-of-way permit required.

A right-of-way (ROW) permit may be required when in the opinion of the city engineer the project, program, or activity for which the truck is used will create extraordinary wear and tear on the street or other public infrastructure within the right-of-way, or significant impacts to public safety, the environment, traffic, or noise. Said permit may impose conditions to mitigate the impacts of the project, program, or activity, including but not limited to: restoration, alteration, or other improvements deemed necessary by the city engineer to mitigate the impacts of the project(s). (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.060 Authority to impose additional weight limitations.

The director of public works or designee may prohibit the operation of motor trucks or other vehicles or may impose limits as to the weight thereof, or any other restrictions as may be deemed necessary, whenever any street, by reason of rain, snow, climatic or other conditions will, in the sole opinion of the director, be significantly damaged unless the operation thereon be prohibited, restricted, or the permissible weights thereof reduced; provided, the director of public works shall not prohibit the use of any street in the city designated by the Washington State Department of Transportation as forming a part of the state highway system, unless such restriction, limitation, prohibition, or reduction in permissible weights is first approved, in writing, by WSDOT. Any such restriction, limitation, prohibition or reduction of permissible weights shall be accomplished by city with erection of appropriate signs along the streets so affected in such manner as to advise the traveling public thereof. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.070 Liability for damage to streets and bridges – Excess weight.

A. All trucks, whether conducting through or local trips, must be in conformance with the Washington State legal limits for trucks, unless granted a permit from the city for overweight truck hauling.

B. Any person operating any vehicle or moving any object or conveyance upon any street, alley or public way in the city or upon any bridge or roadway shall be liable for all damages which the public infrastructure may sustain as a result of any illegal operation of such vehicle or the moving of any such object or conveyance weighing in excess of the legal weight limits allowed by law. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).

10.48.080 Violations – Penalty.

Any violation of this chapter shall be an infraction with a penalty of $250.00 plus assessments. Each instance of noncompliance shall be considered a separate violation. (Ord. 1388 § 1, 2011).