Winter Garden's Marsh Road Truck Ban Update
Here's the latest update regarding the City of Winter Garden’s recent proposed truck bans on Hartwood Marsh Road:
- March 23: City of Clermont staff have been monitoring truck traffic heading east on Hartwood Marsh Road toward Winter Garden and found that it has noticeably decreased since the March 17 implementation of a circle (loop) route for the trucks. Lake County has been conducting traffic counts to confirm these findings. In addition to the new traffic pattern, the two companies involved are operating at 50% less volume than in February and have reviewed and adjusted start times. City staff also is monitoring reported truck traffic originating from the Hartwood Landing residential construction site that appears to be heading north on Hancock Road. The city and county will be looking at the volume of export of fill from the site. Meetings still are ongoing with the City of Clermont, the City of Winter Garden, Lake County, Orange County, the Florida Department of Transportation and companies involved. Winter Garden’s city manager plans to request a two-week delay for the ordinance at the March 25 Winter Garden Commission meeting, following a March 22 meeting where Winter Garden residents expressed support of the postponement. The city will keep you updated with further developments.
Here's a recap:
- The City of Winter Garden’s Commission recently proposed restrictions that would prohibit trucks of a certain weight and classification from using a section of Marsh Road within Winter Garden. This was in response to Winter Garden citizen’s concerns about truck noise, safety and debris along this two-lane road that borders several residential developments and a school.
- The City of Clermont is concerned that these new proposed restrictions would force trucks to reroute to roads running through Clermont that could bring our citizens – and especially our residential communities and schools – the same problems.
- We wanted to inform you that we are closely following this issue and immediately got involved to raise our citizens’ concerns with the City of Winter Garden and to help work toward a solution beneficial to all. The City of Clermont continues to play an active role in meetings with key stakeholders.
Here's a map of some key areas:
Here’s a more detailed overview of what action has been taken so far:
- On Feb. 11 at the City of Winter Garden Commission meeting, the Commission passed a resolution restricting trucks of a certain weight and classification from utilizing a portion of Hartwood Marsh Road.
- On Feb. 23 at the Clermont City Council meeting, Council listened to citizens’ public comments about the resolution, discussed their concerns and expressed their plan to get involved.
- On Feb. 25, the City of Winter Garden did a first reading of a proposed ordinance relating to truck restrictions on Marsh Road. The ordinance updated and replaced the resolution, correcting errors and adding sufficient advance warning and a safe turnaround area. At the meeting, Clermont Mayor Pro Tem Timothy Bates requested that the Commission table the ordinance and schedule discussion or a workshop to come up with alternative solutions. They responded that they were open to discussion.
- Several meetings were held and continue to be held with key stakeholders, including Winter Garden, Clermont, Lake County, Orange County, the Florida Department of Transportation and local trucking and mining businesses and associations.
- On March 11 at the City of Winter Garden Commission meeting, the Commission unanimously voted to table the second reading of the ordinance for two weeks, until March 25. This gives key stakeholders more time to work toward alternative solutions.
- On March 17, Center Sand notified the city that they will be making the following changes to reduce traffic impact: effective March 17, their trucks will be required to utilize a circle route program, effectively creating a “loop." This will distribute the east/west truck traffic more equitably, with 50% of their traffic flowing east and 50% flowing west on any given day, resulting in less impact to the roadways. Additionally, they are adjusting the times between the two operations to start later in the morning. Clermont Police Department and Code Enforcement will be on site to monitor this new operational plan.
The City of Clermont will continue to keep you updated. Thank you.