Recently the Scioto County Commissioners passed a resolution placing a 10 ton weight limit on Rosemount Hill. Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman has been working to address the issue of tractor-trailers attempting to cross the hill.
Opperman and his office have taken measures to address the issue including, calling anyone and everyone who might be able to help.
Opperman said trucks are continuing to attempt to climb the hill, because their dispatch and GPS systems tell them it’s the quickest way.
“I called everybody I could possibly find. I called ODOT (Ohio Department Of Transportation), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, gps.gov lists the various companies you can go to, to identify with them what you see as a map issue. The companies only provide that (GPS) as a service and there is no government agency that oversees GPS routing.”
He said gps.gov is run by the National Coordination Office For Space Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing.
“Only way for anybody to contact them, GPS providers, is through a complaint site,” Opperman said. “I’ve sent complaints to Google, Apple and any company of any consequence. I’ve physically contacted individuals at TomTom and Garmin, those are the two companies that deal with truck traffic. Most of them (trucks) have GPS units and from what I’m hearing most of the trucks going across this hill do not have GPS units, they are using their phones.”
Before the commissioners placed weight limits on the roadway, Opperman and his staff placed signs at the base of hill warning drivers of the roadway. Trucks continued to climb the hill believing the signs did not apply to them.
With the weight limes now on the roadway, the trucks that attempt to cross the hill and fail, could be cited and fined.
Opperman said the message would be if you attempt to cross Rosemount Hill and fail, causing delays in traffic or accidents you will be cited.
Opperman said his office has done just about all they can do to address the issue.
“Other than having someone stand out there flagging down all of the trucks, we’re doing all we can,” Opperman said.
For more information about the office of Scioto County Engineer visit www.sciotocountyengineer.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT