The City Planning Commission will continue their discussion regarding traffic impact and road wear Monday, and review a draft of an ordinance amendment that could require future operations that have the potential to increase truck traffic in Winona to complete a traffic impact analysis (TIA), and possibly a road use agreement.
Last month, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) Rails and Waterways Senior Planner Dave Christianson said the city is nearing capacity for rail car storage. Christianson said if this issue weren’t addressed soon, truck traffic numbers were likely to increase significantly.
In an effort to address this issue, Assistant City Planner Carlos Espinosa drafted an ordinance amendment that would require any new applicant to complete a traffic generation study and assess whether or not designated haul routes would be able to handle any expected increase in truck traffic.
The proposed ordinance amendment suggests any new business that generates 200 or more new “heavy vehicle trips per day at a maximum daily operating capacity” would trigger a TIA and a road use agreement.
If the 200-truck threshold were breached or if other deficiencies were found during the TIA, the operation would address the issues through a road use agreement, which would require the operation to rectify the problem prior to operating. The operation would then be fiscally responsible for upgrading pavement sections, bridges and culverts.
Similar to the ordinance adopted by Olmsted County, the ordinance Espinosa is recommending will not impede on any current business and will help to minimize traffic congestion on haul routes.
The City Planning Commission will meet Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall.