Greene Supervisors to Discuss Proposed Truck Restrictions
The Stanardsville Town Council wants to ban 18-wheelers from driving through its downtown area.
People who live on Main Street are complaining that the trucks speed, leave behind soot and are loud at night.
Many of the truck drivers are using Route 33 (Main Street) as a short-cut in their route.
People living on Main Street and business owners there are telling the Town Council they are fed up.
"Day, night, middle of the afternoon, just very loud and very noisy," said Rosa Stalworth who lives on Main Street.
Noise isn't the only problem for Stalworth and her family. She says her daughter can't even ride her bike in front of the house.
"You're scared one of the kids are going to fall into the street and get hit or something like that," said Stalworth.
Roy Dye, director of the Stanardsville Area Revitalization Program, says safety is another reason the Town Council wants the restrictions.
"Safety of pedestrians, both those walking along the streets on Main Street in the town as well as school children," said Dye.
If passed, the truck restriction will only apply to semi trucks that are using Main Street as a way to cut through. Trucks that are making deliveries would still be allowed.
The truck restriction is now in the hands of the Greene County Board of Supervisors. If the board votes in favor of the truck restriction the proposal will be forwarded on to the Virginia Department of Transportation. From there - VDOT officials would study the plan to see if it's a fit for the area.
"Stay on 29 and use the bypass - 33 bypass - whether they're going across the mountains or coming from the mountains, that's what the bypass is for," said Dye.
The Greene County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing about the restrictions Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. They're asking anybody with concerns, questions or comments to come out. The meeting is being held at the County Administration Building.
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