SYRACUSE – Highway 50 through Syracuse continues to be an area of contention.
Mike Holland, chief deputy of the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office, told the city council Wednesday that trucks are leaving the Love’s Travel Stop and rolling onto Highway 50 without yielding to oncoming traffic.
Despite deputies’ visible presence and more traffic citations, Holland said north and southbound highway traffic is sometimes forced to make rapid stops.
Deputy Holland said the speed in the area is too high for the traffic volume.
There is already congestion because of truck traffic and Holland expects hazards to intensify with the opening of the new hospital.
South of the Love’s Travel Stop is Grotrian Enterprises and owner Derek Grotrian told the council he too is concerned about the traffic.
He said large equipment entering the “tight quarters” of his driveway at 11th Street has to navigate through drainage pipes and traffic.
He asked the city council to join him in a request to the state Department of Roads for direct access to Highway 50.
Mayor KC Ortiz said the city might join in his request, if Grotrian gets the ball rolling.
The council also agreed to change zoning at 557 Mohawk to medium density residential.