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Some trucks now banned from West Nashville thoroughfare

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Hundreds of semi-trucks travel down 51st Avenue every day in West Nashville.

Most of those trucks will need to find a new route now that the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission unanimously voted to ban trucks over four tons from using this road.

51st Avenue is currently going through a transformation, becoming what's called a “complete street.” 

It will feature bike lanes, crosswalks, parking spots and a turning lane.

“This is primarily to make this feel like a neighborhood," says Metro Councilwoman Mary Carolyn Roberts.

Roberts says the trucks mostly impacted by the chance were traveling to and from petroleum companies in the area. 

She also says the changes were made in the name of safety.

“These are the trucks that are full of gasoline going through two school zones and four crosswalks,” she says. “Even though they are building these for the long term, I believe the less wear and tear from 18-wheelers, the longer this will last.”

“All you would see is trucks up and down this road,” says Chris Gingrich, who has lived and worked in The Nations for more than three years. “They usually fly down these streets, too, so it will be great to slow things down," he says.

Gingrich knows a complete street could impact traffic flow in the areas around The Nations.

“It’s great, there's a lot more people over here. It’s bringing people from all sides of Nashville over, which is nice to see."

He hopes the plan is done right.

“There's a lot going on,” Gingrich says. “I've never seen a city change this fast, and I think they're having a hard time keeping up with it. Just do it the right way, instead of rushing into something. Make sure you're doing it the correct way.”

Marathon Petroleum Corporation at Centennial and 51st Avenue is one of the companies whose trucks will have to be detoured. 

A spokesperson said they have no comment regarding the decision.

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