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Georgetown Deals With Parking and Truck Traffic

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Georgetown officials are looking into solutions to deal with lack of parking spaces and truck traffic in the small town.

According to Town Manager Eugene Dvornick, there is a lot of through traffic in the circle, leading to a bigger need for parking, especially on days where Sussex County Court is in session.

Bruce Meade owns The Upper Crust, a quaint cafe across from the court house. He said the location makes parking difficult.

"We're on the way to a lot of places so they get on 404, going to Baltimore or AC and so we have a lot of pass through traffic," he said. "People always complain that they're having trouble finding a parking spot, especially on jury days, they're picking juries and there's limited space available and an extra parking lot would really just help a lot." 

Town officials have already made some parking meters free on side streets to help, but Dvornick said more can be done.

"We are looking at a parking vendor to see if we can extend the parking in some of the metered areas and then perhaps signage to direct people to areas where parking is free," he explained.

It is not just parking that's causing an issue, there have been concerns raised over truck traffic as well. 18-wheelers to be exact. Officials said the trucks rub up and damage curbs and also cause safety issues for other drivers since they are so large.

The town is looking to the Delaware Department of Transportation to research how many trucks drive through the circle in order to potentially reroute them.

"We'd like to get that so the streets last a bit longer," Dvornick said. "Keep the traffic where it needs to be and keep the residential areas flowing."

Officials are also planning to speak with GPS companies to see if the circle can be made a route for trucks to avoid.
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