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Hartford neighborhood being rattled by noisy dump trucks, 18 wheelers

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A typically quiet Hartford neighborhood is being rattled by dump trucks and 18-wheelers barreling down the street, and neighbors said they are tired of it.

A local family has tried to convince the city to make Arlington Street a "no thru zone" decades ago, only to have that work ignored by truck drivers.

"It's a nice neighborhood," said Jennifer Long, who said she has grown to love what she calls her "close-knit neighborhood" since she moved there about 12 years ago.

"It's not what everyone has said Hartford is. At night, I sit outside and it's nice and quiet, and I don't hear things. It's like any suburban neighborhood," Long said.

However, over the past year the rumbles of large trucks during the day has changed the nature of the neighborhood, Long said, and residents have said the truck drivers are ignoring street signs.

It is not just the noise neighbors are complaining about. Neighbors said the trucks are excessively speeding as well, and they are worried about the safety of children.

"Coming up to the stop sign they're pulling their j-brakes to be able to stop in time," Long said. "My son is starting to ride his bike. I don't want that coming down the street."

The Long's house has been in the family for more than 40 years, and Long's mother-in-law was a driving force in changing their neighborhood to a "no thru truck zone" back in the 1970s.

"They did protests, and they blocked the streets," Long added.

It took the neighbors in the 1970s years to change the ordinance but they were able to. However 40 years later the neighbors are still battling the same problem.

Long said she has tried using the city's 3-1-1 service where they are told to call the police department, and when they call the police department they are told to call 3-1-1.

After feeling like the neighbors weren't getting any help from the city, they took matters into their own hands.

"We've even taken it upon ourselves. We've gone and stopped trucks," Long said.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said the community service officer in the area has received complaints and was patrolling the area, however he did not find any violators.

"Our CSO has identified a company which is related to the truck traffic and is taking appropriate action to assure they don't drive through that zone," Foley said.

The investigation is ongoing but Foley said he expects the traffic flow to be corrected.

Long said she feels a little more comfortable knowing that police are on the case and are looking for a way to bring back the old way the neighborhood once was.

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