Tired With Trucks

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Semis are a way of life on Main Street since it intersects with Ohio Route Seven and leads to the bridge into Parkersburg, and since main is a two-lane road instead of a major highway, it’s causing vibrations that are shaking residences.

"We wouldn't know if a minor earthquake hit," says Ola Boise, "because we experience that level of vibrations all the time."

Boise isn't just a resident, she's also a member of Belpre City Council.

"It's doing structural damage to the homes," Boise says, "because the street does not have the proper foundation to handle 1,600 trucks a day."

And J.E Kirkpatrick not only has a residence on Main Street, he also has a dentistry practice there.

"I do know that I can't sit on my front porch and have a conversation with my wife, because of the noise," Kirkpatrick says.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says it normally can take years to fix the street problem. That process can be shortened, but the city of Belpre will have to kick in as much as $60,000 of the cost. One resident, however, has had to pay $9,000 to repair one crack in her home.

"If the noise and vibrations are as bad as they say," says George Collins, ODOT's District 10 Deputy Director, "I can understand that it definitely needs to be addressed."

It's expected that when Corridor D is completed, it will divert some of that truck traffic. But Councilwoman Boise believes some of that will be offset by additional cars and light trucks.

Boise is proposing a resolution to provide money for the city's share of the repair project.