Maple Avenue residents seek relief from noisy truck traffic

FLINT TWP. — David Fish, a resident of West Maple Avenue, has been showing up at every township board meetings since September to ask that something be done about semi-trucks and other commercial traffic rumbling past his home at all hours of the day and night.

Speaking during public comment, Fish said that the unwelcome traffic started heavily using Maple Avenue after road signs were removed that directed commercial traffic to use nearby Linden Creek Parkway.

The area on the border of Flint and Mundy Townships falls under a mixture of jurisdictions – Flint and Mundy townships, the City of Flint and the Genesee County Road Commission.

Maple Avenue has been recently repaved while Linden Creek Parkway is in need of repair for which the City of Flint is responsible, according to Township Supervisor Karyn Miller. She also noted that Maple Road was repaved using federal funds, qualifying it to be used as a public road – which is why the signs were removed directing truck traffic to Linden Creek Parkway.

Miller said she has been working with the other jurisdictions to find a solution to the problem. Last month, she told Fish that a meeting has been arranged for December 15 between representatives of the two townships, city of Flint and the road commission.

But Fish leaned Monday night that the meeting has been postponed because Mundy Township representatives were not available on that date. Miller said she would let Fish know when the meeting s rescheduled.

Until then, Fish and his neighbors on West Maple Road must continue to put up with noisy delivery trucks and speeding cars at all hours of the day and night.

Speaking at the Dec. 7 board meeting, Fish said he has learned that Mundy Township, on the opposite side of the road, is doing what it can to provide relief for its residents. He asked if Flint Township Police could patrol the road at 11 p.m. daily when a car driven by a plant worker comes racing down Maple en route to a plant on Continental Drive at the end of the road. Neighbors have complained to plant officials, he said.

From his dining room window, Fish said he has had a clear view of truck drivers stopping in the middle of the road because they are unsure where to go and also backing up.

“We (residents) were there before all these (manufacturing) plants,” Fish said in his plea for support. Before that, the land was farmland, fields and woods, he said.

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