MOUNT VERNON — In order for traffic to move smoothly through a city, signs are needed.
They tell motorists how fast they can drive, where they have to stop, which streets are one-way, warn of upcoming hazards like sharp turns, say where parking is allowed and, if you’re driving a big truck, whether it can be on that street.
The last has been a big part of the current turmoil over traffic in the neighborhood around Edgewood Road. Residents began by complaining about commercial trucks using the street as an easy way to get from Ohio 229 to Coshocton Road. There have also been complaints about people speeding in the neighborhood.
The city has tried to use signs to direct trucks going through town to stay on certain streets, avoiding as much as possible the downtown business district and keeping the 18-wheelers off purely residential streets that weren’t designed to handle them.