Angry residents have called for action to stop about 60 large trucks a day, including B-doubles, taking a shortcut down their residential street.
Orange City Council declared Edward Street a detour around Southern Feeder Road works for trucks several months ago but the residents say the truckies are continuing to use the street even though the work has finished.
They're ripping the shit out of the road, it's that noisy it's not funnyGlenn Stedman, resident
Long-term resident Glenn Stedman, who is working from home, said he had counted between 40 and 83 trucks a day down the street over the past two weeks.
"I'm only counting B-doubles and semi-trailers, I'm not counting pantechs that do deliveries around town," he said.
"They're ripping the shit out of the road, it's that noisy it's not funny.
"We can feel every truck that goes past. The house is vibrating."
He said it appeared the truckies were cutting across town from the Northern Distributor Road using Leeds Parade, William Street and Edward Street to get to the SFR rather than staying on the bypass roads.
Mr Stedman said there was no problem with trucks before the detour was introduced, including when the Electrolux factory was still open.
"It's a residential area. I think it's opened a can of worms,"
He said local children used to play on the edges of the road on their scooters but the trucks had scared them away.
Mr Stedman said in a narrow part of Edward Street when cars were parked on either side trucks had to squeeze through.
He said it was "only a matter of time" before an accident occurred.
Adele Davis said the trucks sped past her house 24 hours a day.
"I can't even do Zoom meetings because it's so loud. I haven't been able to sleep," she said. "I don't know what they were thinking sending trucks down a residential street."
Orange councillor Tony Mileto raised the issue at the latest council meeting.
This week he said he had been told council staff had spoken to a transport company which had told its drivers to avoid the street.
"Hopefully the issue has been resolved," he said.
An Orange City Council spokesman said it had acted on residents' concerns.
"One transport company has changed its route removing 20 B-double return trips daily from Edward Street. However it is legal for trucks to use that street," he said.
"The temporary permit that allows B-doubles to use Edward Street will expire at the end of October. After that B-double drivers would be risking a fine if they chose Edward Street."
However, he said the street would get busier when new businesses opened at the Electrolux site.
"The development of a new business park on the former saleyards site, where the southern end of Edward Street meets the Southern Feeder Road, is also good news for Orange, but more traffic is also a part of that mix," he said.
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