Texas cities are uniting to keep big rigs out of the far left
lane on I-35. A 1997 state law gives cities the authority to set
such a ban.
would make Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock and San Marcos the first
cities in Central Texas to restrict interstate lanes, which city
leaders and state transportation officials say would sharply decrease
the number of wrecks and ease congestion along the frequently
gridlocked highway. Houston is the only other Texas town at this
point to limit freeway lanes.
which could take effect in May 2003, would cover about 60 miles
of freeway between San Marcos and Georgetown. Because the law
only addresses highways with at least three lanes in each direction,
San Marcos will not officially join the coalition until its stretch
of I-35 is widened later next year.
plans would permit truckers to use the interstate's far left lane
for passing only. Fines for breaking the law have not been determined.