Wiggins Pass Road speed concerns

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 18:46:36-05

Some residents along one Collier County roadway are voicing frustrations over the trucks that they claim are speeding down their street.

Cement trucks and other heavy-duty trucks rumble up and down Wiggins Pass Road all day long, from U.S. 41 to the CEMEX cement plant a half-mile to the east. Residential communities line both sides of the road, and there are no sidewalks.

"It becomes very confusing for people to walk, because there is no place other than the side of the road," said Greg Harper. He lives in a manufactured home community on the north side of Wiggins Pass Road.

Harper said that many trucks speed by faster than the posted limit of 30 mph.

"What I'd like to see is either some type of patrol, or something," he said.

But because that half-mile section is a private road, the county has no jurisdiction to enforce the speed limit.

Fox 4 reached out to CEMEX to see if they're doing anything to address the issue. Spokeswoman Sara Bouffard said that the company had installed speed bumps on the road close to the cement plant to discourage speeding.

"Operating as a safe, responsible, and courteous neighbor is a goal we strive to meet each day," Bouffard said in a statement.

Harper said that many of the speeding trucks are actually suppliers.

"In fact a lot of the drivers for the CEMEX maintain the speed limit," he said. "It's a lot of the different drivers that are not affiliated with CEMEX."

A spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff's Office said that while they don't have jurisdiction to enforce the speed limit on the private road, deputies did monitor it on a few occasions for speeding. They found no violators.

"If somebody gets run over, sadly, the county's going to have to respond to it," said resident Edward Buck.