Trucking firm fights for freeway site

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Easing congestion on local roads and reducing a quarter-million pounds of emissions from the Rogue Valley sky seemed a good enough reason for Combined Transport of Central Point to move its operations to a site near the Blackwell Road freeway exit.

Before the Great Recession derailed many of its customers, the flatbed trucking firm was nearing capacity at its 15-acre Crater Lake Avenue headquarters terminal. As the company's growth escalated through the mid-2000s, President Mike Card began looking for a new location to counter increasingly clogged roads, heightened emissions concerns and soaring fuel costs.

In 2007, Combined Transport acquired 16 acres northeast of the freeway at the exit just north of Central Point. Although the land was zoned exclusive farm use, its proximity to the freeway seemed to favor a zone change and Card believed approval could be won in two or three years.

"It was the perfect spot to move our business and trucks and put us right by the freeway," Card said. "But getting the property rezoned has been one expensive nightmare."

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