Why are big rigs allowed downtown despite narrow roadways? - WKRN News 2

Why are big rigs allowed downtown despite narrow roadways?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Semi-trucks regularly drive through the busy and narrow streets in downtown Nashville.

With the death of a Hume-Fogg student last December, some are asking why.

Elena Zamora was hit and killed by a semi-truck driven by Troy Devitt, who pled guilty Thursday to a charge of a class a misdemeanor of failing to yield the right of way in a case involving death.

Semis are typically eight feet wide and some of the downtown streets are less than 30 feet wide when cars are parked on both sides of the road.

Truck drivers told News 2 the narrow lanes make it difficult to turn and see pedestrians on the side of the road.

Michael Dunaway who was delivering beer to a restaurant on 1st Avenue Thursday, told News 2 he hates driving downtown.

"It's kind of hard to see them out of your blind spot, so if you don't pay attention, you won't see them," Dunaway said.

Nashville has no restrictions regarding semi-trucks downtown. Parking is allowed for loading and unloading.

Most cities across the country do not restrict semi-trucks on downtown streets, though in New York City, trucks that are more than 55 feet long require a permit.

Nashville does have restrictions regarding semi-trucks on several streets but not in the downtown area.

A spokesman in Metro's Department of Public Works told News 2 the trucks are necessary to deliver food, beverages and supplies to the many restaurants and bars downtown.

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