city council in Pasadena, TX, has approved a measure that would
restrict trucks from the left lane of Texas Highway 225, The
Pasadena Citizen reported March 12.
Department of Transportation has said that cutting trucks from the
left lane would reduce accidents and improve traffic flow on the
interstate-style Highway 225, the newspaper reported. Pasadena,
a Houston suburb that lies on the southeast side of the city, is
the third city to give a green light to the measure. Once one additional
city, La Porte, approves the restriction, it will run along the
highway from inner Houston to the coastline. La Porte’s approval
is expected March 24.
will pay a fine of up to $200.
1997 state law authorizes cities to restrict truckers from the fast
lane of major highways during peak travel hours, The Associated
was the first city in the state to implement the rule, acting in
September 2000 to restrict lanes on an eight-mile stretch of I-10,
roughly from I-610 to Sam Houston Parkway. Trucks were ordered to
stay out of the far left lane from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through
Fridays, except when passing other vehicles.
Antonio is considering a six-month pilot program to restrict truckdrivers
to the slow lane on U.S. Highway 90 and I-10, a stretch of almost
20 miles inside the city's Loop 410, the San Antonio Express-News reported. That test, if approved, would occur this summer.
Texas Transportation Institute study conducted after Houston implemented
the change found that accidents decreased 68 percent on that portion
of I-10 over a nine-month period, with no deaths in the crashes
that did occur. Houston officials then decided to expand the lane
restrictions to portions of I-45 and State Highway 225.