Highland Village City Council unanimously passes resolution to support expansion of truck lane usage restrictions on some DFW highways

Highland Village City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to support the expansion of left-lane usage restrictions for trucks with three or more axles on several highway corridors throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area on July 23.

The vote on the resolution came after the Texas Department of Transportation announced July 16 it was considering expanding left-lane usage restrictions for trucks in the area. The department stated it was seeking public input on the proposal in a joint press release from TxDOT and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The proposal would extend truck lane restrictions to all or portions of US 75 in Collin County; I-45 in Navarro County; I-35 East in Ellis, Dallas and Denton counties; I-635, Hwy. 183 and US 67 in Dallas County; and I-30 in Rockwall County, according to the release.

City Council Member Mike Lombardo said at a July 24 council work session he is in full support of the proposal.

The resolution adopted by council states “the expansion of such restrictions will improve mobility and safety of travelers using the portion of I-35E traveling to and from the city of Highland Village.”

It also states City Council believes an expansion of left-lane usage restrictions for large trucks would “benefit the health, safety and welfare of the residents and businesses of the city."

Left-lane usage restrictions for large trucks have been in place along portions of North Texas highways for more than a decade, according to TxDOT.

“A primary goal of these restrictions is to improve safety,” the department’s website states. “Based on traffic studies, truck lane restrictions have been shown to improve mobility, safety and air quality.”

If the proposal is implemented, restrictions on trucks would be in place in both directions along the following:

• US 75 from SH 121 South to Collin/Grayson county line;
• I-45 from Navarro/Ellis county line to Navarro/Freestone county line;
• I-35 East from US 77 North to Ellis/Hill county line;
• I-35 East from Spur 366 to Corinth Parkway;
• Hwy. 183 from I-35 East to Dallas/Tarrant county line;
• US 67 from I-35 East to FM 1382;
• I-635 from US 75 to Dallas/Tarrant county line; and
• I-30 from SH 205 to Rockwall/Hunt county line.
By Anna Herod
Anna Herod covers local government, education, business and the environment as the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. In the past, Anna served as the reporter for Community Impact's San Marcos/Buda/Kyle paper. Her bylines have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Hays Free Press and The Burleson Star. She is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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