City Council approves new truck route in Katy to cut down residential-region targeted traffic, automobile accidents

Below the new ordinance, vehicles will be now be routed to Katy Fort Bend Road, diverted from streets these types of as Katy Hockley Highway and Avenue D. (Screenshot courtesy Katy Metropolis Council)

Katy Town Council unanimously accepted a new truck route to divert by means of truck website traffic absent from many residential roadways.

Underneath the new ordinance, these vans will no lengthier be in a position to use roadways like Katy Hockley Road and Avenue D, and will rather be directed to Katy Fort Bend Highway as a north and south route selection, though Hwy. 90 and I-10 continue to be an east and west route, in accordance to Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris.

The city of Katy has experienced a designated truck route heading through metropolis limits since the 1960s, in accordance to Harris. He explained recently—especially above the past five years—heavy truck site visitors has enhanced in residential spots, a thing this new ordinance aims to minimize.

“Hopefully the impression is that residents will see fewer major vans in household regions in the city limitations,” Harris said. “The outdated route phone calls for vans to go on Franz Street, which is by Hutsell Elementary and Katy Junior Significant [School]. We are deleting that route, so we also hope it will be safer for pupils that are going for walks to college. They are not going to have large professional heavy vehicles to contend with also on people roadways.”

Ordinance violations will mean penalties of up to $200. Deliveries within the town, including Amazon vehicles, will nevertheless be able to use the prior routes, in accordance to Harris.

On City Council’s July 12 acceptance and following a notification period, which consists of notices to trucking organizations and installation of new signage, the ordinance goes into influence and becomes enforceable Oct. 1, in accordance to Assistant Metropolis Administrator Anas Garfaoui.

The modify also aims to minimize hefty truck accidents, a challenge Harris states has been most prevalent at the intersection of Clay Street and Katy Hockley Highway.

“Hopefully by changing this truck route we are going to eradicate some of people turns, for the reason that they will have to go on on Katy Hockley Reduce Off [Road] to Katy Fort Bend [Road] so they are going to continue on a north or south route,” Harris said. “It’s not likely to 100% reduce those troubles but we hope that it will at least be a good answer.”

Council Member Rory Robertson expressed worry at the July 12 assembly about sending more visitors toward Katy Hockley Slice Off Street.

“Katy Hockley Reduce Off in entrance of Heritage Park West backs up now really poor, and so we’re going to be diverting additional site visitors to that street and it is continue to two lanes, asphalt, which is heading to get torn up rather quick,” Robertson explained.

In response, Garfaoui claimed once their right of way for that street is authorized, the metropolis is organizing to expand Katy Hockley Slash Off Road to four lanes, as element of a major drainage project.

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