Charles City, Iowa – Truck traffic on Quarry Road near Valero is causing a traffic jam, not only during the fall hours but with the solution to fix it.
Supervisor Mark Kuhn addresses the rest of the Floyd County Board of Supervisors and representatives from Valero about the line up of more than 50 trucks parked nearly bumper-to-bumper on the shoulder. Sheriff Jeff Crooks says the drivers are breaking the law by not parking passed the white line by 18 inches or more, but says a ticket isn’t the goal.
His biggest concern he says is the amount of traffic south of the plan near the Floyd Crossing curve.
Valero’s busy season – typically August through September – is when weather prevents producers from being in the field. They, along with other elevators, ship nearly 200 to 230 thousand bushels of corn to be processed daily.
Representatives from the company said they can look into allocating trucks by limiting the number co-ops can send, lengthen their hours or increase communication via text messages.
Chairwoman of the Board Linda Tjaden says they need a compromise soon.
Valero said a long term solution could be looking into expanding their staging area.