The Greene County Board of Supervisors voted this week to approve a resolution supporting a Virginia Department of Transportation safety study. This comes after the Stanardsville Town Council proposed a ban on 18-wheelers cutting through the downtown area.
Once the Board of Supervisors formally requests it, VDOT will conduct a traffic engineering study. They will take a very close look at Main Street.
VDOT spokesman Lou Hatter says crews will look at the typical speed trucks drive down the road, the crash history, the roadway geometrics and its curbs and hills. Hatter says there must be a reasonable alternative route for the truck drivers in order for VDOT to pass the restriction.
Greene County Supervisor Eddie Deane says he hopes restricting trucks from Main Street doesn't just send the trucks elsewhere.
"They're trying to restrict 1.10 miles of the stretch of this town which makes it more of a safety hazard as for the rest of the business route," said Deane.
Deane says he hopes if the truck restriction passes - the trucks are restricted from the entire business route - not just the stretch of Main Street.
The code gives nine months for the Commonwealth Transportation Board to make a decision on the restriction request. If passed - the restriction would only apply to trucks using Main Street as a shortcut - not trucks doing deliveries.
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