Neighbors Fed Up with Excess Traffic on Residential Streets

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in Portsmouth are tired of truckers using their formerly quiet roads as a detour.

With the rise of GPS and Google maps, more and more traffic, particularly large commercial trucks, have been avoiding red lights between Route 52 and Route 23, and have been cutting through residential streets, including Grandview Avenue and Dorman Drive.

"The intersection here is always broken up," John Hensley said. "It should not be allowed, that's all."

Councilman Gene Meadows is on the Public Safety Committee.

"There've been plans developed in the past, but they never went anywhere," Meadows said. "Some of the streets they're on are not designed for the weight of those vehicles, so they're breaking down our streets faster than what they need to be."

Meadows says with an updated ordinance backed by enforcement from traffic patrols, they can get excess traffic rerouted.

"A simple idea would be put signs up saying residential traffic only, no thru traffic,” Meadows said.

Jane Murray has been out of office as mayor for three years, but she's still fighting this problem.

"The traffic, the noise, the air pollution, it's ruining our property values,” Murray, who lives on Dorman Drive, said. "People won't be courteous enough to let us in and out of our driveways."

Meadows says their next step is to agree on a plan by their next committee meeting and later present it to council and try to get an ordinance passed.

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