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Truck route signs installed

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    This sign near the intersection of Highway 290 and Harris Street was installed late last month. A handful of similar signs are also placed around the edges of the city. Photo by Julianne Hodges

Last month, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) installed new signs in Elgin officially designating a truck route on U.S. Highway

290.

According to a Facebook post by the City of Elgin, the “no through truck traffic” signs were put into place on March

27. With some exceptions, as outlined by the ordinance passed by the Elgin City Council on February 5, trucks and trailers of over 30,000 pounds are prohibited to travel on Main Street.

The city council passed the ordinance designating a truck route on Highway 290 and disallowing truck traffic through Loop 109, which follows Harris Street, Main Street and Taylor Road, in response to concerns by citizens about the increase in oversized loads traveling through town. In the fall of 2018, four separate incidents involving vehicles carrying oversized loads caused damage on Main Street and Taylor Road. After the fourth incident in October, in which utility poles were snapped and a transformer fell on the ground and cracked open, the Elgin Police Department restricted permitted oversized loads through downtown Elgin and the city began working on an alternate truck route with TxDOT.

Although they began with written warnings for a ten-day grace period once the signs were in place, EPD will now begin issuing citations for violating the large truck restriction, with fines ranging up to $500.