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GPS devices are directing 18-wheelers through a Mississippi neighborhood and residents have had enough and while they have a solution, the problem won't be fixed immediately. GPS devices are directing 18-wheelers through a Mississippi neighborhood and residents have had enough and while they have a solution, the problem won't be fixed immediately.
The owner of this home was forced to pay $1,300 to repair damage to their yard. The owner of this home was forced to pay $1,300 to repair damage to their yard.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS -

(WMC-TV) - GPS devices are directing 18-wheelers through a Mississippi neighborhood and residents have had enough and while they have a solution, the problem won't be fixed immediately.

What's in a name?

For an unlucky few, a street name has brought aggravation, 18-wheelers, torn up front yards, and now, a change of address.

Autumn Point in Olive Branch has a problem.

Signs banning truck traffic are posted at the neighborhood's entrance, but a fair share of 18 wheelers turn in anyway.

"They are noisy and they come down in the middle of the night," said Carma Reinhart, who lives on Nail Road.

The problem is that Reinhart's residential section of Nail Road doesn't connect to an industrial section of Nail Road.

Instead, her street funnels into dead ends on either side.

That means the trucks are forced to turn around and frequently damage yards. One homeowner was forced to pay $1,300 to repair damage to their yard.

"The fix to that is to change the name of that tiny section of Nail Road," said Olive Branch Mayor Sam Rikard.

On Tuesday the city decided to officially change the street name to Autumn Valley Drive, but Rikard expects delays in tangible progress.

"I don't anticipate it fixing itself in six weeks," he said. "You know, it may be a year or more by the time all the mapping companies become current."

Six houses are affected and while the people who live in them wait for the 18 wheelers to get the message, there's another pain in the neck.

"We're going to have to go through changing our address with everything we have. But is it semis or is it an address," asked Reinhart.

The mayor said the city is in the process of notifying all relevant parties, from the post office, to the industrial companies, to the county planning and GIS departments.

In the meantime, city workers will also put up additional signs.

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