Vandalia trying to reduce truck traffic on local streets

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Vandalia city leaders are working to reduce the number of tractor-trailers on local streets and help get them back on the interstate.

The city recently installed new signage, and officials are talking with trucking companies to encourage those drivers to use the interstate.

“They’re – I don’t think they mean to – but cutting the corners cause the street’s not made for them,” said Meegan Brady, who lives and works in Vandalia. “They’re going up on these sidewalks, knocking poles, knocking signs down.”

Neighbors like Brady said they have noticed more trucks on the streets of Vandalia. According to city leaders, it has been a problem in town for several years.

“We’ve heard from our residents that the number of semi-trucks that are traveling through the city – really through the heart of the city – has increased, and it’s clogged up traffic,” said Rich Hopkins, Vandalia communications manager.

The city recently installed signs for $27,000 to help redirect truck traffic to the interstate, Hopkins said. City officials have also called truck companies, asking them to encourage drivers to use I-70 or I-75 or go around the city on Airport Access Road, he added.

“For the drivers of the trucks, they’re not getting stopped at stop lights,” Hopkins said. “They’re not getting involved in congested traffic. The interstate moves very quickly, and they can get where they’re going quicker. But for the city, the folks that are using that are using these surface streets, makes it a lot easier when there’s not as many trucks.”

The city installed the new signs just within the last few weeks, Hopkins said.

Brady said she has already noticed a difference.

“The truckers are finding different ways to get there, so I have noticed that there’s not as many big trucks coming up and down the street, so I think that’s worked well,” she said.

City officials have also prohibited tractor-trailers from making right turns onto National Road from Dixie Drive due to safety concerns, Hopkins said.

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