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An oversized truck and its pilot car travel east on State Highway 152 in Mustang on Monday. The City has seen an increase of oversized trucks due to construction on Interstate 40. (Staff photo by Jon Watje)

By Jon Watje
Managing Editor

If you are driving on State Highway 152 in Mustang, chances are you will see a overweight truck making its way through town.

The City of Mustang is looking at establishing a route for heavy trucks to keep them from traveling on City roads. The Mustang Traffic Commission made the proposal.

Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley serves on the Traffic Commission.

"Since we observe a lot of traffic, I had noticed an awful lot of heavy trucks making their way north on Sara Road past State Highway 152 and I was curious what was going on there," Foley said. "I came to find out that there was a new material plant just south of Reno off of Sara Road and that was why there were trucks hauling heavy equipment. Those trucks are just making a straight shot all the way up to 15th Street and then Reno."

Mustang Community Development Director Robert Coleman said the City has also received damage from heavy trucks on streets to the south.

"Police Chief Chuck Foley informed us that the City was receiving a number of complaints about heavy trucks driving on SW 89th Street hauling dirt for the St. Anthony construction project," Coleman said. "Before we were able to divert those trucks to State Highway 152, they had already caused some damage to the road."

Coleman said county roads have a 80,000 lb. limit.

"They are not properly constructed to handle such weight," he said.

The City Code allows the City Manager to establish a truck route.

"The reason I brought this up was to allow the City to use its right to establish a truck route to protect our city streets," Foley said. "There is a simple solution to this, which is the City Manager signing off on it. Once that is done, signage would be posted showing the trucks that they can use highways 152 and 4 in the city. If they continue to drive on streets they are not supposed to be on, then they will be fined."

Mustang Mayor Jay Adams said State Highway 152 has always been a popular road for overweight trucks, especially recently with construction to Interstate 40.

"With the construction happening at Interstate 40, the Department of Public Safety is forced to detour overweight trucks to other roads because these kinds of trucks are wider than the 10 foot limit in construction zones," Adams said. "So they see that State Highway 152 is a feasible route for these trucks and send them there to get to and from Oklahoma City. When that Interstate 40 construction is completed, I anticipate seeing less of those overweight trucks in Mustang."

Adams said there has always been overweight truck traffic on S.H. 152 due to oil rigs just west of Mustang.

"With the oil boom going on west of us and these big oil companies coming to places like Union City, that is going to increase that traffic," he said.

Although overweight trucks can bring some wear and tear to roads, Adams said he was not concerned about the condition of S.H. 152 due to heavy truck traffic.

"That highway was geared for handling large trucks so I am really not worried about that aspect of it," he said.

With a truck route, Chief Foley said he believes the City will save money on road repairs.

"This is just an easy way for us to maintain the city’s roads without going deep into our pockets," he said. "I am just looking out for the interest of the city and the taxpayers."

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