Houston looks to expand lane restrictions

| 5/9/2002

Houston authorities are making plans to expand a rule restricting trucks to the right lanes along an 8-mile stretch of Interstate 10 near downtown to other area highways, according to a published report. The test project, which was scheduled to end a year ago, has been deemed too successful to end.

The truck lane restrictions reportedly may soon be expanded to include I-45 north of downtown and Highway 225 east from Loop 610, because of fewer truck-related crashes along I-10 since the restrictions were enacted.

In the test's first nine months, Houston reported 68 percent fewer crashes along eight miles of I-10 heading from downtown, while truck traffic has remained constant. The Houston Police Department's presence along the stretch of roadway also has been credited for fewer accidents.

"In all fairness to truckdrivers, seven out of 10 crashes are a result of four-wheel vehicles," Sgt. C.J. Klausner of the Houston Police Department's Truck enforcement unit told the Dallas Morning News. "But with that said, I don't care who is at fault. We're just trying to reduce the number of crashes."