MORGANTOWN — An effort is under way to find an alternative route for heavy trucks in Morgantown.

Deputy Mayor Mark Brazaitis said the impact of daily truck traffic through the city’s downtown business district is a topic council hears about continually from city residents.

While Brazaitis said he credits the previous council’s efforts to pass laws restricting truck traffic, that route resulted in a dead end in the courts for the city — which is why he’s looking for a detour through the statehouse.

In corresponding with Rebecca Blaine, director of intergovernmental affairs for Governor Jim Justice, Brazaitis said Green Bag Road was the focus of conversation.

One of the enduring threads of the truck traffic conversation is the belief that a widened and otherwise improved Green Bag Road could serve as a kind of bypass for many large commercial vehicles. A 2015 corridor study by the Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) laid out a number of needed improvements in order to meet those needs.

Given the route is already in line for attention following the passage of Justice’s Road to Prosperity amendment, Brazaitis said there is an opportunity for a “win, win situation for our community that also respects commerce in this town.”