A new group in Morgantown, West Virginia is trying to convince the City Council to pass a law prohibiting large trucks from traveling through the downtown area and rerouting them around the city using Greenbag road.
Safe Streets Morgantown presented the proposal to the city council last month in response to large trucks adding to the congestion of downtown streets. Many of the trucks are on their way to deliver coal and gravel to the nearby coal-powered plant or construction sites, emitting clouds of soot and diesel fumes, according to one news article.
Roger Nusem of Nuseum Trucking told WAJR that if the ordinance passed, the extra miles would cost each driver at least one load per day, increasing drive time and cutting into profits.
According to the proposal, the ordinance would prohibit trucks with a gross weight of 20,000 pounds from passing through downtown.
Excluded from the ban would be trucks working in cooperation with downtown businesses, sanitation vehicles, and emergency vehicles.
The Council agreed to forward the ordinance to its regular meeting scheduled for later this month.