There may be fewer trucks plowing down Main Street.
City staff members are preparing a plan to alter Mansfield’s truck routes, prohibiting big trucks from using a portion of Business 287 from Mouser Way to Industrial Boulevard.
Hip Together owner Kara Coley said the move is a step toward creating a place for people to shop, walk and hang out.
“It’s great mainly because it doesn’t feel like a place you want to stroll with your kids when these 18-wheelers are barreling down,” she said. “It gives you that unsafe feeling.”
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Today trucks are allowed to drive down the corridor the city recently took ownership of from the Texas Department of Transportation.
David Boski, Mansfield project engineer, said a major reason the city took back the two miles from the state department was to help make the downtown area more pedestrian friendly.
He said data from September 2013 showed 800 trucks a day in the downtown area. He added the change should reduce that daily traffic count to 200 or less.
The truck route change prohibits box trucks and 18-wheelers from using that part of the road unless making a delivery along the Main Street corridor or if there are no alternative routes to their destination.
“It’s preventing through traffic,” he said.
Boski said many trucks take that route to get to the city’s industrial district or to pass through the city.
Some business owners in downtown Mansfield said reducing the number of trucks should also reduce the amount of noise pollution and could attract more people to visit.
Tanya Jefferson, Frosted Pink Cake Company owner, said she doesn’t feel the route alteration will have an impact on her business. She said drivers won’t follow the new route, citing issues with trucks on Broad Street and people who do not follow the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit already in place.
“That’s the same on Broad and they don’t enforce it,” she said.
The changes will be brought to the City Council in an upcoming meeting and will need three readings to pass.
Boski said the change could go into effect in a couple months once approved by the council.
City staff is working on alternative routes right now that will be part of the presentation to council. He added one concern is trucks making a tight 180-degree turn when Businesss 287 comes to FM 157 near Legacy High School.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770