Citing complaints from local business owners, the city of Blaine will install “no parking” signs along short stretches of G and 14th streets just east of the truck route.
Over the past few months, the owners of the Burger King at H Street and the truck route have complained numerous times about semi-truck drivers using the portion of G Street north of the restaurant and its intersection with 14th Street as a parking lot, Blaine police chief Mike Haslip said.
Complaints have included trucks blocking access to the Burger King parking lot and damaging the surface of G Street itself, and truck drivers littering and urinating in the area, Haslip explained.
“[The semi-truck parking is] creating a mess, damaging property and tearing the heck out of [the Washington State Department of Transportation’s] fences,” Haslip said at Blaine City Council’s June 11 meeting.
The truck parking is also creating sight distance problems and preventing drivers from exiting the Border Brew parking lot with a clear line of sight to the north, Haslip explained. Unfortunately, the police cannot spare the manpower to patrol the intersection of G and 14th streets for parked semi-trucks on a regular basis, Haslip added.
“The situation is untenable for us simply because we don’t have the resources,” he said.
To remedy the situation, Haslip proposed closing both portions of G and 14th streets to all vehicle parking. This would prohibit both passenger cars and trucks from parking on the streets but should stop semi-truck drivers from being a nuisance, Haslip said.
“We’re suggesting to public works to make the area no parking,” he said.
Haslip said the trucks are still welcome to park along Ludwig and Grant avenues, where it’s legal. A few council members suggested turning the old Blaine airport property into a formal semi-truck parking lot, though Blaine community development director Michael Jones cautioned against the city taking on such a project itself.
Haslip’s proposal did not need formal council approval. City council members gave the OK, and it’s now in the hands of the city engineer and the public works department. Blaine public works director Ravyn Whitewolf said she supports the proposal.