Enforcement of truck routes through the city of Knox is now in effect. Mayor Dennis Estok says the goal is to get tractor-trailers off Culver Road as they travel between U.S. 35 and the Knox Industrial Park on Klockner Drive.
Estok told the city council last week tractor trailers pose safety concerns in the school zones. Trucks will not be allowed on Washington or Lake Streets, either. Truck route signs will be posted to alert drivers.
Improvements to the intersections of Klockner Drive/300 East and State Road 8 and Klockner Drive and Pacific Avenue have improved access for tractor trailers hauling items to and from businesses in the industrial park.
Estok is also working with Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver to find a designated tractor-trailer parking area for over-the-road drivers who live within the city limits. He notes city streets are not designed to accommodate the weight of semis.