lane restrictions will start soon on Texas Highway 225 near Houston, The Pasadena Citizen reported March 26.
to The Associated Press, a 1997 state law authorizes cities
to restrict truckers from the fast lane of major highways during
peak travel hours.
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.
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.
then, a series of Houston suburbs have worked together to add the
restriction to Highway 255 through their communities. Monday La
Porte became the final city to approve the restriction, which will
run from inner Houston to the Gulf Coast.
the lanes will not take effect right away. The Citizen reported
that Texas’ DOT is awaiting paperwork from La Porte, including copies
of the new ordinance. The restriction will begin when those papers
that violate the lane restrictions will pay fines of up to $200
for their first offense.