A city in Kentucky is considering closing an entire road to prevent semi trucks from entering a quiet neighborhood.
The area in question is the Cherry Hill subdivision in Erlanger, Kentucky, which has been plagued by truck drivers just following their GPS into the tight, dead end neighborhood for the last year or so.
According to Local 12 News, the truck drivers follow their GPS onto a portion of Erlanger Road with no exit and are forced to turn around, destroying landscaping and knocking over power lines in the process. The city has since installed “No Truck Signs” at the subdivision entrance, placed large boulders at the entrances to discourage tight turns, stationed police officers at the bottom of the hill, and even contacted Google to change their GPS directions, but drivers are still trying to use the neighborhood as a truck route.
The city council says that it costs around $6,000 a year to repair damages done by the semi trucks, and that closing a section of Erlanger Road is a possible solution since speaking with the trucking companies has not worked.
“They take down the telephone lines and the power lines and everything and get up to the corner and then either which way they try to turn it’s bad. It’s awful, it’s really awful,” resident Donna Haddix said.
“Once was in the winter because I made him and I had to sit in my car with the heat on for a long time,” Haddix continued.
“They [police officers] do sit down there and watch and wait and everything, but like you said they absolutely have much better things to do and certainly while they continue to keep putting all this up down there that’s obviously getting them nowhere.”
The City Council is expected to provide an updated plan sometime this week.