Under the new ordinance, trucks will now be routed to Katy Fort Bend Road, diverted from streets such as Katy Hockley Road and Avenue D. (Screen capture courtesy of Katy City Council)
Katy’s City Council unanimously approved a new truck route to divert truck traffic from several residential roads.
Under the new ordinance, these trucks will no longer be able to use roads like Katy Hockley Road and Avenue D, and will instead be directed to Katy Fort Bend Road as a north and south route option, while the freeway. 90 and I-10 continue to be an east and west route, according to Pro Mayor Tem Chris Harris.
The town of Katy has had a designated route for trucks crossing city limits since the 1960s, according to Harris. He said recently, especially in the past five years, that heavy truck traffic has increased in residential areas, which this new ordinance aims to reduce.
âI hope the impact is that residents will see fewer heavy trucks in residential areas on the city limits,â Harris said. âThe old route calls for trucks to take Franz Road, which is through Hutsell Elementary and Katy Junior High [School]. We are removing this route, so we also hope that it will be safer for students walking to school. They will not have to deal with large heavy commercial trucks on these roads as well. “
Violation of the orders will result in penalties of up to $ 200. Deliveries in the city, including Amazon trucks, will still be able to use previous routes, according to Harris.
After city council approval on July 12 and after a notice period, which includes notices to trucking companies and the installation of new signage, the ordinance goes into effect and becomes enforceable on October 1, according to the deputy municipal administrator Anas Garfaoui.
The change is also aimed at reducing heavy truck crashes, a problem according to Harris that is most common at the intersection of Clay Road and Katy Hockley Road.
âI hope that by changing this truck route we will eliminate some of these turns as they will have to continue on Katy Hockley Cut Off [Road] at Katy Fort Bend [Road] so they will continue on a north or south route, âsaid Harris. “It’s not going to eliminate these problems 100%, but we hope it will at least be a positive solution.”
Council member Rory Robertson expressed concern at the July 12 meeting about sending additional traffic to Katy Hockley Cut Off Road.
âKaty Hockley Cut Off in front of Heritage Park West is now backing up pretty badly, so we’re going to divert more traffic to this road and it’s still two lanes, the asphalt, that’s going to be ripped pretty quickly. Said Robertson.
In response, Garfaoui said that once the right-of-way for this road is approved, the city plans to extend the Katy Hockley cut-off road to four lanes, as part of a major drainage project.