By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Fairmont City Council members voiced their concerns about tractor trailers along the city’s roadways at their meeting Tuesday night.
Council member Deborah Seifrit said the big trucks on the Gateway Connector are starting to cause cracks in the road and have even destroyed some nearby property.
“I still think that we should be rerouting them underneath the High Level Bridge,” she said. “We’ve put millions of dollars into that road, and they’re tearing it up.”
City Manager Jay Rogers said he will send the request to the West Virginia Division of Highways.
Mayor Ron Straight previously questioned whether there were road lines on Washington Street, which many trucks use in their routes. Road lines were put in place there, Rogers said.
He explained that the City of Fairmont is able to control activity on the streets that it maintains. However, issues related to the High Level Bridge and the Gateway Connector would be up to the Division of Highways.
Council member Daniel Weber said he has noticed that the large trucks are traveling at high speeds and not following the speed limits along various streets in downtown Fairmont.
“I think there’s a public safety issue on that,” he said.
Also during the meeting, council adopted a resolution by unanimous vote authorizing the City of Fairmont to file a Justice Assistance Grant application on behalf of the Marion County Family Resource Network with the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services.