In an effort to curb large truck traffic on College Road, a narrow, two-lane road that winds westward from Olive Branch to Southaven, DeSoto County Supervisors will visually begin the observation of large tractor-trailer, 18-wheel trucks traveling on that rural stretch of road.
DeSoto County Supervisor Bill Russell told fellow supervisors he was contacted by an individual who complained to him about large trucks traveling along College Road, which is hilly and narrow.
DeSoto County Road Manager Andy Swims said software installed to measure vehicular traffic along the road came up with some surprising results.
Swims said the software detected large 18-wheel trucks, mostly what appeared to be tractor-trailers, during a recent traffic study period.
According to Swims, the software measured the length of the vehicles.
"It's picking up something tractor-trailer size," Swims said.
Russell noted the study showed more than 750 large tractor-trailer trucks during a seven-and-a-half-day period along College Road.
"Seven-hundred trucks a week on College Road is too many," Russell said. "There is not a business on that road."
Russell suggested since Church Road to the north is designated as a non-truck route that it might be better suited to truck traffic since it is wider.
However, the City of Olive Branch would have to weigh in on that issue.
Russell said he would like to know if tandem gravel trucks are being counted in the mix.
"Opening up Church Road to truck traffic would take traffic off Goodman Road," Russell said.
Swims said he hoped to place personnel along the road to visually observe what kind of truck traffic is occurring.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.