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Group Proposing Ordinance to Restrict Heavy Truck Traffic in Morgantown
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on June 24, 2014 @ 7:03PM
Created on June 24, 2014 @ 6:51PM

At Tuesday's City Council Meeting in Morgantown a group called Safe Streets Morgantown will give a presentation on a proposed ordinance to regulate heavy truck traffic in the downtown area.

Safe Streets Morgantown Spokesman Brian McAllister said, "We've been living with this condition for many years."

With a few possible tweaks to city code some local residents are hoping to prevent heavy and commercial trucks from being able to drive on streets in the business district. This would help to solve what some people believe is a wide variety of problems.

"We want our business district to be a vibrant place where our business owners can really succeed," said McAllister.

Noise is just one of the concerns. Others include damaged roads, pedestrian safety and public health. Even though the city does its best to maintain roadways local business owners are saying constant repairs can hurt sales.

Jessica Kuehn-Dunlevy is a co-owner of Goldsmith Designer Jewelry in Morgantown. She said, "The more projects are going on down here the more people avoid downtown. If there's cones and the traffic is hindered they're less likely to come down here and shop."

Residents have concerns of their own. Some are worried about pollution caused by the massive trucks.

Donald Fidler lives in downtown Morgantown. He said, "The other day I had on light colored clothing and one of them just shot black fumes all over me."

Heavy truck traffic issues in Morgantown have been discussed previously. The last time was in 2006. Critics are questioning whether the city has the legal authority to put a regulation on trucks in place. It's also clear not everyone will be in favor of such a proposal.

Safe Streets Morgantown claims the purpose of Tuesday night's presentation is to foster a public debate about an issue affecting everyone who lives in Morgantown. The ordinance is in a preliminary phase. The public will be allowed to comment on the proposal at the meeting.


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