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Valdosta hoping to minimize semi traffic in downtown

John Gayle John Gayle
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  The city of Valdosta is taking steps to try to minimize the amount of big rig traffic through downtown.

At Thursday night's council meeting, council will adopt a resolution asking the Georgia Department of Transportation to make the construction bypass route around the city permanent. The bypass has been in place ever since construction of the new Highway 84 overpass began.

The hope is that having the permanent bypass will encourage truckers to continue to use it and stay out of downtown.

"We've had accidents downtown because of the trucks, we've had log trucks that unloaded their load right in the middle of town before, we've had cars that have been damaged by trucks comin' through downtown," pointed out Valdosta Mayor, John Gayle.

Council will also discuss loosening the city's noise ordinance at the meeting, however no vote will be taken until the following council meeting. Citizens are encouraged to come and voice their opinion.

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