in Washington, MO, have created a parking area for truckers in the
small Missouri town just west of St. Louis, The Washington Missourian reported Jan. 24.
parking doesn’t come for free. The city will charge drivers who
use the lot $10 a month with an optional three-month agreement available.
Truckers will also have to agree to follow a set of rules the city
has set up for the parking area. For example, only fully operable
vehicles can be parked in the area, and “camping” in the trucks
is targeted at truckdrivers who live in the area. The Missourian reports it is a city court violation in Washington to park over-the-road
trucks or trailers on city streets or in residential areas.
The lot is
located in the fire department training grounds off Westlink Industrial
Drive, the newspaper said. It is the second such parking area to
open in Missouri in recent months.
Independent Drivers Association recently partnered with the Missouri
Department of Transportation to convert two former weigh station
pull-offs on the eastbound and westbound sides of I-70 near Odessa
into a truckers' rest area.
area, which can accommodate 28 trucks, does not have any facilities,
but the parking is free of charge. OOIDA is paying for lighting
at the parking area, and will also ensure trash pickup there.
several other states are pursuing innovative methods to provide
more parking. Washington state legislators are considering a proposal
that would allow non-profit organizations to build rest areas along
the state’s interstate highways. And the Connecticut Transportation
Strategy Board proposed in late December that the state spend $25
million to increase the number of parking spaces available for trucks
after a state Department of Transportation study found an average
of 1,200 trucks each night could not find adequate parking in the
Jim Johnston said 90 percent of the association's members had reported
weekly difficulties finding parking spaces in public rest areas.