Modern technology is creating an old-fashioned problem in Canal Winchester.

Modern technology is creating an old-fashioned problem in Canal Winchester.

Global positioning system (GPS) devices are sending trucks headed for the Dysart Corp. building on Elm Street down Waterloo Road to Elm. Village public works director Matt Peoples and Dysart president Scott Jordan agree that this is the most direct route, but some street signs have already been damaged and the turn from Waterloo to Elm isn't designed to accommodate large trucks.

As a result, Canal Winchester Village Council is considering two ordinances: one to prohibit vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds from using Elm Street and one that would ban such vehicles from turning right from southbound High Street to westbound Waterloo Street.

Council heard the first reading of the legislation at its Feb. 21 meeting.

"Basically, we are going to prohibit over 26,000 pounds on Elm Street," Peoples said.

He said it's very difficult for trucks to make the turn from Waterloo Road to Elm Street. Part of the problem, he said, is that GPS units direct drivers to the shortest route, which would be down Elm Street, but that isn't the most logical one for trucks.

Peoples said the extra truck traffic stems from a good cause: The Dysart Corp. has picked up more work.

Dysart is a contract packaging company that has been in Canal Winchester since 1981.

"I met with the company and they understand fully and are trying to get a handle on it," Peoples said.

Village officials would prefer truck drivers to use High Street to Oak Street to access the back of the Dysart Corp., he said, noting there is a direct path right into the facility from the back.

Jordan said company officials are aware of the issues and would also like to bring drivers down Oak Street, but the GPS directions are sending them down Waterloo to Elm Street and causing a lot of problems.

"This is one time where technology makes more of a mess," he said. "The key is to get them coming in from the other direction."

Jordan said as many as 15 trucks a day enter the Dysart property, depending on the volume of business. On some days, there are no trucks at all, he said.

Twenty-five percent of the trucks coming to the business use the Elm Street entrance, he said.

"To me, one is too many," Jordan said.

Peoples said the company has drivers coming from as far away as Canada.

"We are happy they are increasing their business," he said. "There is a better way to get there."

Trucks attempting the turn from High Street to West Waterloo turn are also causing property damage, he said.

Peoples said there is a better way to get back to state Route 33: Instead of turning right at High and Waterloo, truckers can turn left. This takes them to Hill Road, which connects to the state Route 33-Diley Road interchange, he said.

"It is a little less congested than Gender Road," Peoples said.

Depending on the amount of traffic, this route may be faster at certain times of day, he said.

If the ordinances become law, signs will be posted alerting motorists to the vehicle weight limits. The Dysart Corp. has been informed, Peoples said.

"They said they would be on board and get the word out to their drivers and dispatchers," he said.

Franklin County would be responsible for enforcing the vehicle weight limits on Elm Street. Joe Meier, Franklin County bridge design technician, said the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has two mobile crews that patrol roads for the Franklin County Engineer's Office.

"They have two vehicles with two deputies in each that carry portable scales," he said. "They go out and patrol and do enforcement. They are experienced and know what to look for."