Marble Falls gives streets ‘no through truck traffic’ designation

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON

As Marble Falls seeks a more pedestrian-friendly downtown and residents raise concerns about heavy truck traffic on two residential roads, the City Council designated parts of the city as “no through truck traffic.”

The council approved the designation for Avenues G and F between 12th Street and RR 1431 on the east side of town. City Manager Mike Hodge said with The Home Depot located just northeast of these streets, residents reported a high number of trucks cutting through to get to and from RR 1431.

The police conducted a traffic study on Avenues G and F and found 1,600-2,200 vehicles a day traveled the roads, Hodge said, but not all of it truck traffic.

The heavy trucks, Hodge said, also possibly use Avenues G and F to avoid the Mormon Mill Road/U.S. 281 and RR 1431/U.S. 281 intersections.

The city has left Avenue E open to through truck traffic. Hodge explained that the Avenue E/RR 1431 intersection allows for better visibility in both directions when coming off the city street.

Under the ordinance, the “no through truck traffic” designation applies to “oversized and/or overweight truck or vehicle, truck-tractor, semi-trailer, or any combination thereof.”

The council is also discouraging heavy trucks using the Main Street Historic District in downtown Marble Falls. Hodge noted that many large trucks from the industrial area on the west side of town will cut through the Main Street area to avoid using the 1431-281 intersection.

Marble Falls Police Chief Mark Whitacre and his staff reached out to businesses that utilize heavy trucks about making changes to truck traffic as part of the process. After studying the issue, the city adopted a “no through truck” designation between Avenue J and U.S. 281 from Sixth Street to Johnson Park.

The designation for downtown includes:

  • Main Street from Buena Vista to Sixth Street
  • Fifth Street from U.S. 281 to Avenue J
  • Fourth Street from U.S. 281 to Avenue J
  • Third Street from U.S. 281 to Avenue J
  • Avenue H from U.S. 281 to Buena Vista
  • Second Street from U.S. 281 to Avenue J
  • First Street from U.S. 281 to Avenue H
  • First Street from Main Street to Avenue J
  • Yett Street from Avenue H to Avenue J

Hodge added that there are exemptions to the “no through truck traffic” for vehicles making deliveries, emergency vehicles, school and public buses, government-owned or leased trucks, travel trailers, boat trailers, recreational vehicles, and a few others.

The plan is to push the heavy trucks away from the downtown area to use RR 1431 to get to U.S. 281. Hodge added the designation does not include Seventh Street to U.S. 281 or Broadway to U.S. 281.

With the City Council passing the additions to the “no through truck traffic” areas, Hodge said police will begin a public education effort. Police and city officials have already begun meeting with businesses this ordinance directly affects, such as Huber, Hill Country Recycling, the Marble Falls Independent School District, and others on Industrial Boulevard.

“There was coordination with those companies that use trucks,” Hodge said. “Many have already begun talking to their drivers or the contract drivers.”

The city streets department will begin putting up signs as soon as they get them in, and then police will issue warnings as drivers get used to the new restrictions. Hodge added the city is looking at 30-45 days before everything is in place as far as signage.

These latest additions to the “no through truck traffic” designation join current ones that include Northwood Drive (from Pony Circle to U.S. 281), Bluebonnet Drive (from Pony Circle to Northwood Drive), Mission Hill Drive, Avenue K (between Mission Hill and RR 1431), and Avenue J (between U.S. 281 and RR 1431).

daniel@thepicayune.com

8 thoughts on “Marble Falls gives streets ‘no through truck traffic’ designation

  1. 1st now put a light at 1431 and Industrial
    2nd clean up the view Industrial down 2nd. street no metal mountains

  2. I have a relative on Avenue E whose front yard is being destroyed by the City street department when they redid the street next to her home. The new drainage that resulted has washed out her front hard which now looks horrible! Now she’ll have big trucks using her street. I wonder if this would have happened if the people making all these decisions had a relative, say their mother, living on this street. Our City leaders can do better and should for the current residents.

  3. In addition, these trucks should be using the intersection by Walgreens, since this is all a business area. They should not be cutting through residential neighborhoods. Unbelievable!

  4. Typical. The city doesn’t care about the residents that live on Ave. E.
    It’s time to clean house on the city council and abolish the EDC.

  5. The northbound corner needs to be widened on Avenue E at 1431.
    The school bus coming from MFHS cannot turn northbound onto Avenue E if cars are southbound at the stop sign.

    We are also live on Avenue E and are still waiting for the city to complete the cosmetic promises to our lawns and driveways that was told to the homeowners when 11th St was worked on.

  6. This is awful. Avenue E, which is a fully developed residential street was already heavily traveled should have been included as a no-through street. The traffic on Avenue E has now doubled, creating additional noise and filth, along with danger to the residents due to the speeding through traffic.

    Why was the decision to made inconvenience for the convenience off others? Something must be. Done!

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