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Marion, IL to consider limiting semi trucks on city streets

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

A proposed ordinance would limit trucks weighing more than 13-tons from driving on certain streets in the city of Marion, Illinois, according to a commissioner.

Marion's streets and public improvements commissioner John Goss said large trucks are damaging city streets and causing thousands of dollars in damages.

Goss said the city is working on a map that will outline the streets that will be affected and that will be posted on the city website as Exhibit A in the near future.

The ordinance should not affect area businesses, Goss said.

"We can’t inhibit business like that and we don’t intend to," he said.

Goss said the town square and main streets will not be affected. He said residential areas and narrow side streets like Faust, Dewey and 5th Street are being considered.

The city lawyer is revising the wording to the ordinance and the council will likely take a vote on it by the next meeting.

“The budget is getting tighter and we’re going to have to protect our streets," Goss said. “Thirteen-tons should be a fair deal.”

The commissioner said with the state budget getting tighter, the city can't afford to keep making repairs on streets. He said the city spent an estimated $1 million on repairs in 2015.

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