(SALEM) - Salem city officials once again stressed their intent to start enforcing an ordinance prohibiting truck traffic around the Salem square, effective January 2.
The Leader-Democrat reports that Salem Mayor David Bower indicated the city needs to get its money's worth out of the new highway.
Signs are to be posted alerting truck drivers and Police Chief Troy Merry says violators will be pulled over and initially issued a warning.
The only exception will be drivers with papers indicating they are making a local delivery. Merry says businesses that are served by truckers will be given flyers to give their drivers.
The city has an ordinance on the books that prohibits truck traffic from the downtown area unless on a state highway.
Now that the bypass is open, State Roads 56, 60 and 135 are routed around downtown Salem.
Violators face fines of $25 to $2,500 and can pay those fines at the city's clerk-treasurer's office.
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