City of Mitchell approves variance to allow semi-truck traffic on Hancock Avenue

MITCHELL – The City of Mitchell held a special meeting Monday evening to approve a variance to allow semi-truck traffic to drive on Hancock Avenue to deliver materials for the Mitchell Capital Project Hive building.

The request first came up during the regular town council meeting on March 7th but drew concern over the recent repairs done to the asphalt on Hancock Ave.

Danny Reynolds

Danny Reynolds Mitchell Community Capital Project Manager discussed with the council the benefit that the one-of-a-kind facility and the pressing need to get the materials to the school.

Initial thoughts were to include language in an agreement from the school to repair any damage to the roadway that could happen with the trucks, but it was deemed unnecessary as the city has never made such a request, even with the Lehigh Cement construction currently occurring in Mitchell.

Another concern about the potential to include semi-traffic on Hancock Ave. was the potential of traveling the roadway when school buses are present.

Reynolds said that there would be no way to determine when the traffic would arrive in Mitchell, but assured the council he will do whatever is in his power to ensure that the bus routes would not be affected by the added traffic.

After discussion, the council unanimously approved the variance to allow semi-truck traffic on Hancock Avenue.