Greene County Group Aims to Divert Tractor Trailer Traffic from Stanardsville
GREENE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
A group in Greene County is hoping a bridge construction project will help solve the problem of tractor trailers taking short cuts through downtown Stanardsville.
Once the aging bridge that runs over the Conway River is under construction in Spring of 2016, trucks will be redirected to use other routes. Members from Stanardsville Area Revitalization (STAR) plan to ask the Virginia Department of Transportation to keep the trucks detoured off Route 230 after the project is complete.
People living along Main Street in Stanardsville say the 18-wheelers are loud, speed and leave behind soot. Roy Dye with STAR says the proposal would keep semi-trucks from taking a short cut through Stanardsville and force them to stay on Route 29 and use the Route 33 bypass.
The town council has wanted to detour trucks off Main Street for months but a VDOT safety study found it isn't safe to detour the semis, specifically at the intersection of Route 33 business and Route 230.
Dye is urging VDOT to consider this second proposal. "You should do that redirection of through traffic trailers permanently and start right now. I mean that's the whole goal of what the town was attempting to achieve and that is to stop them from using Route 230 as a short cut,” he stated.
VDOT traffic engineers recommended against the original proposed ban because the intersection of Route 33 business and Route 230 is too sharp of a turn.
Big trucks were not able to make the turn without entering the oncoming lane of traffic.
Dye says the star group expects to send its proposal to VDOT in the New Year.
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