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Truck route

Posted: January 19, 2012 11:29 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.

We’re glad to see that another hurdle has been cleared in the city of Camden’s efforts to get a truck bypass of the downtown area established. The Santee-Lynches Council of Governments recently voted unanimously to approve all three segments of the proposed truck route, and the vote also means about $17 million worth of state and federal funding will be released for the project. Obviously, that’s a big step forward and puts the project into “when is this going to happen” status rather than “is this ever going to happen?” condition.

Truck traffic has been a problem in downtown Camden for decades, and getting it re-routed has been one of the building blocks in the plan to continue revitalizing the downtown area. The bypass must be completed before so-called “road diet” changes can be made. We can’t say we’re sold on the proposal to change a portion of downtown from four lanes of traffic to two, instituting angle parking or “back-in” angle parking as part of the process. As it is, the downtown part of Broad Street offers extra-long, easy-to-maneuver parallel parking places, something not found in many locales, and there seems to be an adequate supply of off-street parking, including those spots at the new Camden Town Green area. But getting the truck traffic out is a major step forward. The route that trucks will take is still open to debate, but we look forward to the day when downtown Camden doesn’t have to deal with the noise, fumes and general inconvenience of tractor-trailer rigs.

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