With Texas 360 turning into a construction site, Mansfield is working to get trucks to stop parking on a paved, but unused portion of the highway.
Mansfield police and city staff have been working to stop trucks from making overnight stays at a patch of unused concrete on the state highway near Heritage Parkway.
“It’s a roadway, it’s not intended for parking out there,” Mayor David Cook said. “We’re not wanting to create a situation where we're attracting a nuisance.”
City staff has worked with the state to put “No Parking” signs on the area and police are enforcing the ban asking drivers to move.
The pavement is a future on-ramp to Texas 360.
Police Chief Tracy Aaron said he believes most of the people parking there are Mansfield residents looking for a place to put their vehicle in between driving routes.
“It's definitely just truck drivers that live in the city,” he said. “When they come home they don't have a place to park it anywhere.”
Aaron added the key to enforcement is talking to the truck drivers and the companies.
He added that now parking signs are installed citations will be issued to any trucks parked in the area.
With construction to extend Texas 360 to U.S. 287 set to begin this should not be a problem for much longer.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770