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Perry city council weighing options on new truck routes downtown

Council members debate on whether 18 wheelers should continue to drive through the more narrow streets.
PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Officials in Perry are weighing their options on whether they'll continue to allow 18 wheelers to come through certain parts of downtown. 

Some residents say the heavy trucks are a problem, while others don't even notice them.

Any given time of day, you can see the big rigs making their way up and down the narrow streets of downtown Perry. 

All of that could change soon. 

"Unless they're local deliveries, the larger trucks will have to circle around the city," Lee Gilmour, Perry's city manager, said. 

He and council are sketching out possible truck routes for 18 wheelers to get by without driving through downtown.

"We have shoppers coming down, and people who enjoy the restaurants, it can be a bit distracting with the sound of the heavy trucks coming through," Gilmour said. 

Although, he says he understands business has to continue...

"A number of issues have been raised because we don't want to jeopardize regular industries that we have in town," Gilmour said. 

He says it's not along Main Street, but more so in the more narrow streets such as Ball Street and Carroll Street. 

"...and always a possibility of trucks getting caught in a difficult situation, not being able to get out, due to turning or parked vehicles or whatever the case may be," Gilmour said. 

Some residents aren't phased by the heavy trucks. 

"They don't bother me, but the construction does," Regena Horton, a resident, said. 

"With me, it doesn't bother me, but I do understand the city's concerns," Chantez Ford, a resident, said. 

Even then, they say the big rigs can get in the way when truck drivers ride around town. 

"They're trying to beautify the area, you've got sidewalks and stuff, a lot of times, they'd start getting damaged," Ford said. 

The goal, Gilmour says, is to make it easier for trucks to get to their destination and to allow residents to have some peace of mind. 

He thinks the routes could get the job done.

Gilmour says Perry city council and the Georgia Department of Transportation would have to approve the plans. Then the Perry Police Department would enforce the new route.

Council is set to talk about the truck routes at their next council session on July 15th.


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