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Residents voiced complaints on trucks coming through Paper Mill Road

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WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Angry residents in Westfield are banding together to say enough is enough.  

People living on Paper Mill Road spoke up in tonight’s meeting with the Westfield Traffic Commission, pushing to exclude trucks from the busy street.

Neighbors were very vocal tonight about excluding trucks from the road, especially since it houses an elementary school.

And even though the speed limit is 20 miles per hour here, many residents say trucks come flying through.

The road is extremely curvy, narrow, and has a lot of blind spots.

A very dangerous combination, especially for a road that is home to an elementary school.

“The biggest thing is the school that’s right across the street from our home. Children go there every day and the trucking starts at 4:30 in the morning and goes all day long,” said Jean Multon.

At tonight’s meeting, they discussed the requirements and traffic studies needed in order to have a truck exclusion.

For example, they would investigate the weight limit of the road to see if it’s suited for heavier trucks.

City officials also noted that one difficulty is that there is already a business on the road that heavily relies on trucks.

The truck exclusion would not apply to school buses or vehicles doing school related business.

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