The City of Fort Worth says fewer truckers are taking a short cut into a residential neighborhood thanks to signs and police. Residents say semitrailors are still passing through the neighborhood.
Fort Worth Fights Trucker Neighborhood Short Cut With Signs, Police
Fort Worth neighborhood has issues with truck traffic for nearly six months
Semi-trucks are cutting through Fort Worth neighborhoods to get around traffic. (Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014)
When traffic gets bad on Interstate 35W, 18-wheelers take the Basswood Boulevard exit thinking they can go around the back up on Horseman Road. Instead, the truckers are stuck driving through a residential neighborhood.
It's a problem residents have been dealing with for months, but the city said it's making progress on fixing the problem.
Franklin McDaniel knows the problem all too well, as he lives at the corner where the truckers often enter the Chisholm Ridge neighborhood.
"It's still pretty consistent, depending on the day," McDaniel said.
Last fall, residents raised concerns to the city council about trucks coming through the neighborhood. McDaniel said, within that time, the trucks haven't completely gone away.
"You may not see three or four coming through at once as you use to, but they come through sporadically ," McDaniel said. "And you can tell when they're coming through, like they're lost. They hit that corner and they stop and they're looking around to see which way they're supposed to go."
Over the last few months, the city has installed warning signs alerting drivers along Basswood Boulevard and Horseman Road that it's a not a truck zone.
City Transportation Director Doug Wiersig said they're making a difference.
"And basically (the signs) have calmed the situation down a little bit," Wiersig told the city council on Tuesday.
Wiersig said the Fort Worth Police Department have also gotten involved in trying to crack down on those taking shortcuts. But, he says, they can't stop every trucker looking for a shortcut.
He says instead drivers should be encouraged to take alternatives to 35W. He also told the council that more neighborhoods could be similarly impacted as construction on I-35W picks up in the coming years.
But residents aren't totally sold on the signs and how well they're working.
"You have a sign about this big, they're blowing by, they don't know the area," said Tony Perez, Chisholm Ridge HOA Vice President.
Perez would like to see some "Children at Play" signs posted near the neighborhood to help encourage slower drivers and deter the truckers.
"It hasn't done the job at all," McDaniel said of the signs.
While residents hope something else can be done, in the mean time they are keeping their guard for fast moving cars and precariously driving trucks.
"If they hear a loud noise or cars coming up the street, we tell them to run into the house," McDaniel said, referring to his children." Because we don't know if that car is going to come flying through the fence."
Ultimately, the best way to end the truckers cutting through, is to have the construction end.