SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Council has authorized the Sylacauga Police Department to order more signs warning commercial truck drivers against driving on city streets.
The law in Sylacauga states trucks can only use city streets if there is a delivery on that street – such as Blue Bell trucks using the streets around the Blue Bell factory.
The push towards more awareness comes in the wake of Sylacauga’s newly paved streets. “The biggest thing is the maintenance on the road,” said Johnson. “Those trucks will eat these city streets up very fast, so we need to protect this investment.”
Johnson said most drivers know they are not allowed on certain streets, but they drive on them anyway in order to save time and money in the long run.
The city has invested $5,000 in these signs which will be very visible. The most problematic city street is Fort Williams St. with trucks turning off of Hwy. 280 onto the city road as opposed to going to Hwy. 21 to circle back through downtown Sylacauga. At the Hwy. 280 intersection and Fort Williams St., flashing solar powered signs will catch drivers’ attention and warn drivers against turning down the street.
“We already have signs, but they’re not as visible as we’d like them to be,” the chief said. “We’re going to structure them and put them into strategic places so there is no question that the truck drivers know they’re not supposed to be on these roads.”
Outside of the Hwy. 280 intersection – truck drivers will notice signs up and down Broadway Ave. and on other city streets.
With the signs going up, the Sylacauga Police Department will enforce a ‘zero tolerance policy’ for drivers breaking the rules. “We’re going to hunker down and have a zero tolerance for drivers violating the law and getting off of their truck route,” Johnson said. “We’ll start writing ticket and it won’t be a warning. If they violate the truck route we are going to write the citation.”