The city of Norwalk has filed a public nuisance suit against Cerritos, alleging its neighboring community’s route restrictions on big rig travel have forced the large vehicles into Norwalk to the detriment of citizens and businesses there.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit states that many of the trucks at issue are traveling to and from the Damco distribution warehouse in Santa Fe Springs. Norwalk is asking for court orders directing Cerritos to abate the alleged nuisance and to stop enforcing its current large truck travel routes.
Cerritos City Attorney William Ihrke did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the suit brought Tuesday.
Damco’s operations generate a substantial amount of commercial truck traffic affecting surrounding cities, including Cerritos, which altered its big rig routes in such a way that any vehicle more than 6,000 pounds is effectively prevented from traveling on its streets, according to the suit.
Cerritos’ limitations have caused a substantial increase in heavy truck traffic in Norwalk that has negatively impacted major and residential Norwalk streets, hurt the quality of life for residents and business owners and diminished property values, according to the suit, which does not specify which Norwalk streets are most affected.
Norwalk city leaders also believe that Cerritos does not have jurisdiction over some of its streets and therefore was required under the state Vehicle Code to get approval for those particular truck route changes from the state Department of Transportation.