PEÑITAS, Texas – The city of Peñitas mandated an ordinance which limits the number of trucks on a road, which truck drivers are finding inconvenient.
“It’s affecting us, it’s taking us longer to reach our destination and it’s costing us more money,” said Fleet Manager of CAPA (Concrete, Asphalt, Pipe, Aggregates), Robert Luna.
Luna said their plant is based in the city of Peñitas so they used Tom Gill Road daily.
“It’s the quickest way in and out,” said Luna.
However, Luna’s drivers stopped using the main roadway as the city amended an ordinance on Wednesday that limits the number of trucks on Tom Gill Road.
“We’ve seen some wear and tears already on certain areas where the tractor trailers are making their turns or going off the roadway and they’re starting to break off the edge and so that is why now we’re doing this amendment,” said Asst. Police Chief of Peñitas, Alejandro Morales.
Now truck drivers and tractor trailers can only use it if they are doing business within the city.
“Any other truck that’s going to have business outside of the city must use Three Mile Road to go east or west or if they wish to, they can go north on Tom Gill Road off of Three Mile or use Four Mile to go east and west as well,” said Morales.
While there are other routes, Luna said it’s an inconvenience as they make deliveries across the Valley.
“There’s a lot more traffic flow through those roads including school buses and whatnot and the roads are a little bit more narrow so the possibility of accidents is definitely there,” said Luna.
Morales said they started putting up signs on Thursday reminding truck drivers about the ordinance. He adds that they will be giving drivers a two-week grace period to adjust to the ordinance.
Morales also said permits are available for residents who want to leave their truck or tractor trailer within city limits whether on their property or on the roadway.
If you have any questions, contact the city of Peñitas at 956-583-0050 or their police department at 956-999-8310.