Prosper’s routes prohibiting trucks have been updated for the first time in eight years.

Prosper Town Council members unanimously approved an ordinance amending the town’s “no-thru” truck routes during a Nov. 28 meeting.

The breakdown

Prosper Town Council members last discussed updating the routes during an Oct. 24 work session.

The last updates were made in 2015 before large-scale developments such as the Gates of Prosper were built, which have since brought more trucks into the town, Police Chief Douglas Kowalski said Oct. 24.

Keep in mind

The routes prohibiting trucks only apply to commercial motor vehicles, which typically weigh more than 26,000 pounds and include vehicles carrying hazardous materials or solid waste, according to meeting documents.

Vehicles not considered commercial motor vehicles and still able to use the routes prohibiting trucks include:
  • Passenger cars
  • Government-owned vehicles
  • Public utility vehicles
  • Motor homes
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Vehicles used to transport personal possessions or family members for nonbusiness reasons

Local deliveries will also not be affected by the new ordinance, just the larger commercial trucks passing through town, Kowalski said Oct. 24.

Other exemptions to the new no-thru routes for trucks include:
  • Emergency vehicles responding to a call
  • An owner or operator of a commercial motor vehicle commuting to or from their residence
  • Commercial motor vehicles owned or operated by or on behalf of a government entity, public utility contractor or materialman while engaged in the repair, maintenance, improvements or construction of Prosper roads, streets, highways or utilities
  • Commercial motor vehicles owned or operated by a governmental entity while engaging in or performing official, authorized government-related business
  • Commercial motor vehicles operating upon a town or state-designated detour, including permitted oversized loads

What else?

The cost to update the town’s prohibited truck route signage is approximately $3,000, according to meeting documents. Funds are available through Prosper’s streets department’s fiscal year 2023-24 budget.