Update on the ‘No Truck’ signs. Graphical ‘No Truck’ signs have been installed on East End streets just off Broadway. The idea was to keep big rigs off residential streets. Why?
Because semis are big, noisy, and most of all heavy. Harborside is the designated truck route to the port for trucks coming onto the island via the Causeway. It’s designed for the heavier loads that the port requires. East End residential streets are not. Many are simply asphalt overlays. They’re already prone to potholes and other damage – more on that later – so it won’t take much big rig traffic to really start tearing up the streets. Safety, noise and quality of life are also considerations, but most of all, the streets just aren’t designed for the loads. As we noted last month, the problem is on the rise because more trucks are depending on in-cab GPS systems which often don’t take truck-route ordinances into account.
They also have a prejudice for numbered highways – the bigger the better – over smaller roads. So if a trucker doesn’t note the lone Port of Galveston exit sign on the far end of the Causeway, the GPS system may send it right on past Teichman and onto State Highway 87, which of course is Broadway. At some point as it approaches the East End, it’s going to tell the truck to turn left because the port is over there. 19th and 14th are logical routes, but evidently not always. Sightings of semis on 13th have increased, maybe because it’s the last street that goes all the way through to Harborside.
But 13th St. is not what you’d think of as a truck route.
So at my request, the city has installed ‘No Truck’ signs from 19th to 14th . Two problems.
One, they didn’t include 13th . I’ve asked that they do so. And two, some of the signs don’t look like big rigs, they look like UPS delivery vans. And of course, no one wants to chase off delivery vans, or interfere with business and restaurant delivery on 14th. So I’ve asked the city to add verbiage to the signs that say ‘No thru port truck traffic’ or the like to make it clearer.
I’ve also asked the city to consider talking to Txdot about clearer signage on the Causeway at the Teichman exit, and at the far end of Broadway. We’ll see. It’s not a perfect solution, but perhaps over time GPS systems will adapt and take trucks off at Teichman onto Harborside as intended.
Potholes: Speaking of damaged streets, I’m keeping a database of potholes, sinkholes, and other infrastructure issues that need to be repaired. The city doesn’t have the staff to drive every street on a regular basis to look for problems. Instead, they depend on us to report them. You can call Public Works directly at 797,3630, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add it to the monthly list.
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–DAVID COLLINS | T: 409.443.7134 | E: DavidCollins@GalvestonTX.Gov