Noisy trucks keeping Charlottetown residents awake

Dave Stewart
Published on May 30, 2014

Gravel truck

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Coun. Danny Redmond says he's hearing from residents concerned about gravel trucks running red lights and being a general nuisance in the middle of the night.

The councillor says he plans on speaking to the Charlottetown Police Services and with provincial transportation officials about the issue.

One resident called The Guardian but wasn't comfortable about commenting on the record, saying he had relayed his concerns to Redmond, who represents his area.

The resident lives near the intersection of Southgate Drive and Riverside Drive, near the entrance to Hillsborough Park subdivision.

Redmond said the complaints he's hearing are that the trucks are loading and unloading at the city's port in the middle of the night, running red lights at the Southgate intersection and using their jake breaks.

There is a berm that shields residents off Riverside Drive but it only does so much to limit the highway noise, Redmond said.

"These jake breaks are quite loud and they're trucking material at two or three in the morning. It is definitely a concern.''

Redmond said he also remains concerns that some trucks are still taking shortcuts down Kensington Road when they're not supposed to. The city does have specified truck traffic routes although it doesn't apply to service trucks.

"It's something the city needs to get a better handle on,'' Redmond said. "It's something I have to work through the police department to see what they can do or can't do.''

Redmond said he understands police don't have the resources to monitor the area around the clock but he thinks there could be better co-ordination and communication between the city, its police force and the Department of Transportation.