Truck traffic on South Third Street in Smithfield is a problem, according to Smithfield Town Councilman Perry Harris. Harris, at the Oct. 6th town council meeting, ask Police Chief Michael Scott and members of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation (DSDC) to come up with ideas on how to reduce the numbers of large trucks traveling on South Third Street from Market Street (US70) to South Brightleaf Boulevard (US301).
Semi’s and large commercial trucks have been using South Third Street as a quick cut-through but it has been creating traffic problems in the Downtown Business District.
Harris said he has spoken a NC Department of Transportation engineer and fellow council members about the problem. “I don’t have a vision what we need to do.”
Chief Scott said a sign saying it was not a DOT Truck Route could not be installed on South Third Street unless every road in Smithfield was identified with signs as a truck route or non-truck route.
Sarah Edwards, Director of the DSDC said their board would discuss the problem when they meet onOctober 20th.
Town council members plan to discuss the issue at their November 10th meeting. Any new regulations would not apply to delivery truck making deliveries to businesses and the courthouse downtown.