TX cities mull truck lane ordinances

| 8/5/2002

The Pasadena (TX) City Council by a vote of 8-1 tentatively approved an ordinance to restrict trucks to two right lanes on Highway 225 Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. - holidays will be excluded, the Pasadena Citizen reports.

If approved by neighboring cities including Deer Park, La Porte and Houston, trucks will be restricted to two lanes on Highway 225 from Scarborough Lane in Houston to 3,000 feet east of Beltway 8 in Deer Park. In order for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to officially approve the truck lane, all four area cities along 225 must approve similar ordinances.

TxDOT officials have said the measure will help improve safety. But District C Councilman Leroy Stanley, who cast the dissenting vote, said there's a potential for increased danger to truckdrivers. Exiting, entering and changing highway lanes could prove more difficult and dangerous for both cars and trucks, he said.

A pilot program, which restricts trucks to two lanes on Interstate 10 in Houston has reduced traffic accidents by 68 percent, said Sally Wegmann, TxDOT's director of transportation operations. The proposed truck lane along Highway 225 would mark the second truck lane in Texas.