Ozark tractor-trailer parking

Drivers of semi-trucks frequently park their rigs along the north side of West Waverly Way in Ozark, but parking on the south side of the road is banned by city ordinance.

If you’re fed up with seeing tractor-trailers on the streets of Ozark, the board of aldermen would like to hear from you.

The Ozark Board of Aldermen will take up discussion of tractor-trailer parking throughout the city, and seeks input from the public to fuel the discussion.

This is becoming a major nuisance and we are exploring how to deal with it,” Mayor Rick Gardner said in an email to the Headliner News.

Semi-truck parking is restricted on certain streets in Ozark, whereas other spots have become a haven for tractor-trailer drivers who live in Ozark to leave their rigs parked.

West Waverly Way, for instance, sits one block north of South Street near a Walgreen’s, a Goodwill store and a strip mall. The north side of Waverly is a designated zone for tractor-trailer parking, and usually has a line of trucks parked parallel along the curb on any given weekend.

The Ozark Board of Aldermen will take up discussion of tractor trailer parking at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

(2) comments

LindaSM

I frequently drive on West Waverly way and have never consider the trucks parked there a nuisance. They don't impede traffic in any way; I don't understand what the problem is.

Traceytx2

[thumbdown] So here are my two-cents on this matter. My husband is one of those "nuisances" parked on the side roads to get what little bit of home time he can get. Other drivers may park for the same reason or because they ran out of drive time and have to take their mandatory break or do a reset because they ran out of drive time for the week. These "nuisances" are what deliver the goods to this area for businesses, consumers, farmers, and that shiny new courthouse we are receiving. My husband, and all other drivers, sacrifice their family time to come home 2 days every two weeks, if they are lucky, and to have to worry about where to park their rig is not only ridiculous, it is a slap in the face to them as well as their families. They park where they are out of the way to sleep after their 11 hour driving shifts each day. Putting a ban on this would make a lot of truckers upset to where they won't deliver here any longer and their families who live here, as well. Talk about a slap in the face! Why don't we build a nice truck stop off of EE and 65 to accommodate the drivers that sacrifice their time, their families time and run their butts off to get loads delivered on time. Would be great revenue for Ozark and Christian County.
There are much bigger issues to worry about than this. How about we go for how poorly ran McDonald's is at both locations and the "nuisance" we have to go through going back to get the right orders???

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