Churches in Georgia City Offer Free Parking to Truckers Amid COVID-19 Emergency

Warner Robins, GA – Multiple large churches in one Georgia city are now offering free overnight parking to truckers.

One of the biggest issues in trucking remains the lack of safe overnight parking for truckers.

Leaders in Warner Robins, GA are aiming to alleviate some of that concern.

Recently the Robins Regional Chamber (RRC) asked local churches with large parking lots if big rigs could utilize the lots for parking.




 

As Georgia’s shelter-in-place order currently limits churches’ usage of the lots, April Bragg with the RRC told local new outlet WMAZ, “We wanted to come up with a solution to find them some relief as truck drivers are driving longer routes and longer hours, all of those things. It’s critical that they have somewhere legal and safe to stop.”

Three churches, Apostolic Church, Southside Baptist, and Second Baptist, quickly signed on to the effort.

So, after initiating a study of each parking lot to determine if they were conducive to withstanding the weight of big rigs, truckers are now being directed by interstate signs to park in the lots if needed.

According to WMAZ, the lots can accommodate 100 tractor-trailers each day.

 

Local police is also monitoring the lots to ensure safety.

The three churches opening parking to big rigs in Warner Robins are at the following locations:

– Apostolic Church: 821 Russell Parkway

– Southside Baptist: 1040 South Houston Lake Road

– Second Baptist: 2504 Moody Road




 

Though it is only a temporary solution, Bragg says they are prepared to add more locations if needed.

“Should we see that we have a surge in a need for additional parking, we can then enlist other partners in the community, add those to the maps and those are being shared throughout our truck driving community,” she said.


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While leaders in Warner Robins are getting creative during the COVID-19 national emergency, a growing number of states have made additional parking available at weigh stations and rest areas.

Check out more on this HERE.




 

In Case You Missed It…

After decades of little action by lawmakers to solve the nationwide big rig parking shortage, stakeholders are lauding newly introduced legislation that aims to address the worsening crisis.

New legislation introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in March, called the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act (TPSIA – H.R. 6104), is seeking more than $750 million to be set aside over the next five years to help alleviate the parking shortage problem.

Read more about the bill HERE.
Photo courtesy Second Baptist Warner Robins

 


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