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Increased enforcement of confusing restrictions.
The Bay Area has many towns and areas 'blocked off' by strict No Truck signs. In
order to serve those areas, truckers such as myself must violate those signs every
A huge section of southern Fremont, with dozens of warehouses along Warm Springs Blvd., Grimmer Blvd., etc., is one such area.
Warm Springs Bl. north, at Scott Creek Road.
Westbound on S. Grimmer.
Every single access to this southern warehouse district is 'blocked' by strict old Weight
Limit signs. Hundreds of truckers violate them on a daily basis.
In 2007, the city added two signs along east and westbound Mission Blvd. South, saying "No Through Trucks on Warm Springs." This 'covers' access from the north, but there's no such sign at the south end of that warehouse district. (Milpitas has its own -- unmarked! -- truck route, to reach Warm Springs from 880. That one is via Milmont and Kato Roads.)
The small map below shows the location of my pictures, and of those new signs.
Don't exit 680 at Scott Creek! It's a short hop to many local destinations, but the Fremont Police ticket shortcutting truckers, along there.
The NUMMI car plant is a major destination for truckers. Access is via Warren Ave. off of 880; or from 680 via Mission Blvd. South, then cut over (one block) on Warm Springs to Warren. Then you cross over Mission, north toward the plant entrance. Pay close attention to the road signs.
Ever since 2000 it's been illegal to cut across, between 880 and 680, on Auto Mall Parkway. In 2010 the Fremont police began enforcement checkpoints along So. Grimmer Blvd (between Industrial and Auto Mall), issuing big tickets (even moving violations) for 'off truck route' offenses. There are also occasional checkpoints along Auto Mall (between Osgood and Grimmer) and Warm Springs Blvd. (between Mission Blvd. and Grimmer).
The major crunch is the presence of the CHP's northbound Nimitz Scales, which some truckers attempt to go around, when coming from various directions. Better have your destination paperwork handy, and remember that most of the roads nearby are not listed as a truck routes!
Meanwhile, at the northwest end of town:
If you are heading toward the Dumbarton Bridge, stay on the 84 freeway. If accessing businesses nearby, stick to Ardenwood Road and Kaiser (on the north side) and Thornton and Gateway (on the south side) -- and watch the signs. The Fremont Police have ticketed truckers for 'shortcutting' on Paseo Padre, though there is no obvious reason trucks should not use it.
Here is an official city map of their truck routes, as currently shown (with a PDF file) on their web site.
(Notice that Warm Springs Blvd. and So. Fremont Blvd. are not so designated.) In any case, a trucker must approach a customer, and then exit the area, directly from the nearest freeway or truck route.
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