New Truck Data has been presented which predicts 82,000 truck trips over 7 Years. This many trucks will impact the safety and health of those on the roads and living in the area along truck routes. In addition the trucks will impact the environment with harmful emissions. 80-120 truck trips per day (40-60 in AND out) will occur during the specified hours of 8:30-2:15 per Construction Management Plan: www.norfolkbigdig.com/uploads/7/9/4/9/79496170/171211_abbyville_construction_m_plan__002_.pdf This means a truck will be coming or going every 3-5 minutes of every day. Would you feel safe with 18-wheelers fully loaded with dirt and gravel constantly on our roads? This doesn’t include all the other construction related supply trucks. How long before the first accident on a snowy or rainy day?
BETA Engineering Analysis details original trucking numbers and max frequency: 100,192 TOTAL TRUCK TRIPS ( 50,096 to and 50,096 from Lawrence Street)
"...Residents be prepared for actual truck volume during earth removal that is 10-20 times higher than projected" Reference -TetraTech September 26, 2017 letter to Dan Hill and Updated version to ZBA on October 26, 2017
What this means for Norfolk: 1. Lawrence Street becomes the virtual driveway for excavation operation for 5-8 years 2. Dangerous truck traffic will dominate Lawrence and Park Streets and the various destination routes for 5-8 years.
Questions for the ZBA: 1. Please explain how this excavation operation can be allowed with a 40b affordable housing permit? The massive earth removal operation is a separate profitable business and should be severed from the 40b due to the environmental considerations and impact on town. 2. Where are the profits from the sale of the gravel included in the profit calculation? 3. Would a commercial excavation project of this magnitude be able to obtain a permit at this property zoned Residential 3 and designated predominantly as a Zone II Aquifer Protection Area? DEP lists Sand and Gravel Mining as a Moderate Risk to both surface and groundwater supplies. 4. Will the Zoning Board deny the waiver from the Earth Removal Bylaws to protect the health and safety of citizens as well as to protect the environment and drinking water supplies? 5. Where do trucks come from and where are they going? 6. After Phase 1, the trucks are supposed to continue to use the east entrance near the Pond but this would take them by all the new homes that have been sold. Is this the plan? Also, looking at the phases, with each phase, the trucks will be going by the already sold homes to access the east entrance. 7. Phase 2 is the location of the leaching field for the waste water treatment plant, so portions of phase 2 will have to be cleared concurrently with Phase 1 so homes can be occupied.
The Phasing Plan from December 2017 is shown above with a link to the pdf below