Short-cuts A Nuisance In Mexico
"They're noisy," said Carl Steelman, who has lived in Mexico for 50 years. "It makes it unsafe with all those big rigs coming in, because they are huge."
The city is asking truck drivers to use main streets to get to the local biodiesel and Archer Daniels Midland (A.D.M.) agricultural facilities. One quiet residential street leads right up to one of the major plants. Officials say this convenience is why there's such a problem.
"Human nature is to take direct routes whenever we can," said Roger Haynes of Mexico City Council.
The direct routes, however, aren't made to handle heavy weights. The residents don't want to handle the big trucks either.
"You know we're always wanting to protect our residents and citizens as much as possible,"said Haynes. "We want to be very business-supportive. We rely on the activities at the two facilities that we're trying to reroute traffic to."
The city says A.D.M. and Mid-America Biofuels are very cooperative, it's just a matter of getting the word out. Residents like Steelman hope that word gets out fast.
"We've got enough traffic on the street the way it is," Steelman said.
The city hopes new routes will ease the traffic, the street damage, and the safety concern from these residential streets.