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More bad news for truckers

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

On the heels of the departure of the Broadway Flying J's Truck Plaza, the only overnight truck stop in the city, the Federal Way City Council is considering whether to further restrict where commercial truck drivers can park their rigs.

The council is scheduled to vote next Tuesday on whether to further limit parking commercial vehicles on public streets, either by banning it completely or extending the hours that vehicles are prohibited in the right-of-way.

Currently, the city prohibits parking vehicles wider than 80 feet on right-of-way between midnight and 6 a.m.

Until it closed March 23, the Flying J's truck stop was a place where trucks could legally be parked overnight.

The City Council's Land-Use and Transportation Committee heard public testimony earlier this month from residents who complained about commercial vehicle operators parking their rigs on streets, but committee members were unable to agree on a recommendation to the full council. Instead, the committee forwarded the issue for the council to consider.

Last year, the council adopted an ordinance restricting parking of commercial vehicles on residential property based on gross vehicle weight and use, and limiting the overall number of otherwise compliant commercial vehicles on a property.

But the ordinance had the unintended consequence of moving the vehicles from residential property –– truckers' homes, for instance –– out into the street, said Rick Perez, city traffic engineer.

Since the ordinance was approved, several residents of a neighborhood have complained to city officials that a neighbor now parks his truck in the street until midnight, then starts it up and moves it, waking them up. The residents also contend the truck creates a hazard because other motorists can't see around it.

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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