As the Sunshine State’s population surges, and as the people’s needs and desires for things large and small also increase, the Florida Department of Transportation is staking out places for drivers to park their big rigs.
An acute shortage of truck parking is in the offing, as more trucks — critical links in the supply chain — are coming onto the roads to move merchandise from manufacturers, processors and receiving points to warehouses and then to retailers. It is a massive logistical network, and, except for die-hard survivalists determined to live off the land, each of us depends upon it.
While the numbers of 18-wheelers have grown, the places for their drivers to pull off the roads and take much-needed rest have not grown. In fact, despite the need for trucks and the people who drive them, many cities and counties have laws forbidding the parking of the big trucks in neighborhoods and on some commercial parcels with commercial zoning.
To meet the needs of the big-rig drivers for a break in passing mileposts, the FDOT is planning to develop new truck-parking sites along Interstate 4. One of those sites is very close to Lake Monroe and the Seminole-Volusia county line, and the other is inside Volusia County, approximately midway between DeLand and Daytona Beach.
When finished, the new truck parking sites will offer restrooms, vending machines, sufficient lighting and round-the-clock security.