CAMANCHE — Road damages have Camanche city leaders concerned about the future of Clinton’s railpark and the truck traffic coming in and out of the location’s No. 1 business, RAIL.ONE.
The company last week celebrated its grand-opening ceremony, and knowing what kind of production it will generate has made Camanche Mayor Ken Fahlbeck uneasy about its use of Camanche roadways.
“This is a topic that had been brought up here a while back,” Fahlbeck said. “The traffic wasn’t as bad as it is now with the trucks and it was due to the RAIL.ONE project.”
Fahlbeck’s worry, which he addressed Tuesday during a City Council meeting, is that if the city of Camanche doesn’t put a weight limit on 49th Avenue, a main artery between U.S. 67 and U.S. 30 that crosses near the railpark, the city will be faced with costly road repairs it cannot afford.
“Without putting a weight limit on that we’re going to have problems out there at the city’s expense,” he said. “I think we need to be a little proactive on this measure.”
Before the council was asked to make any official decision though, City Administrator Tom Roth suggested they discuss their concerns with RAIL.ONE representatives.
In doing so, he thought the two parties could reach some sort of agreement without injuring the business relationship he hopes to establish with the new facility.
“I think that’s probably where we should start,” Roth said. “Call out to their plant manager, see if we can set up a meeting ‘here’s our concern what can we do about it?’ If we don’t get anywhere then I think we can legislate a solution. But hopefully we can work something out.”
Fahlbeck’s theory to issue the weight limit came after the city of Low Moor dealt with a similar situation caused by railpark traffic. According to him, the city of Low Moor faced the same troubles with roadway damages and approached the company about it to resolve the issue.