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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Seabrook City Council approves new restrictions on commercial truck traffic

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Seabrook City Council considered and approved a new ordinance that establishes State Highway 146, NASA Parkway and Red Bluff Road moving west from Old State Highway 146 to Seabrook city limits as designated truck routes. The new ordinance will prohibit through truck traffic on commonly used thoroughfares like Todville, Meyer and Lakeside Drive.

The ordinance was considered as the city continues to experience high volumes of heavy truck traffic. Industries surrounding Seabrook rely on these trucks as a necessary means of transportation. While the city understands the economic need to move commodities throughout the region, city officials approved the ordinance in an effort to protect the city’s infrastructure and to ensure the safety of their citizens.

During the city’s annual strategic planning sessions, Seabrook officials gave direction to staff to consider ways to establish Seabrook as a “safe and secure city”. The development of this ordinance is one of many efforts being made by the Seabrook police department to achieve this goal. While the city has several collector streets signed “No Thru Trucks” the new ordinance will protect commonly used residential zones from heavy truck traffic.

The ordinance states that any truck over 10,000 pounds or truck carrying a capacity exceeding one ton and used for the delivery of passengers, tools materials or livestock will not be allowed to use streets other than those designated as an approved truck route. Trucks departing from designated routes will be required to produce documentation indicating their destination and point of origin to justify the presence of the vehicle on a street or roadway.

Seabrook police will implement a thirty-day grace period in which warnings will be given to violators of the new ordinance, although repeat offenders within the thirty-day grace period may receive citations
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