Mexico City Council last week approved an ordinance that designates "Commercial Vehicle Prohibited Streets" in and around town and amends city code to allow for the enforcement of those who violate the rule.
The council's aim is to lessen truck traffic in residential neighborhoods where commercial truck traffic is prohibited, except in cases where the trucks are making deliveries.
The action was in response to a request made by the council earlier this year. Since then, an inventory of the city streets signed for "No Trucks" has been completed and a search of ordinances for the authority for the "no truck" signage has been made.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices designates the "No Trucks" sign as a regulatory sign requiring legislative authority for enforcement. Section 7-203 of the Mexico City Code provides for signs to be erected prohibiting commercial vehicle traffic, but does not provide specifics regarding locations and which streets are so designated.
The signs alone aren't specific enough for enforcement. An ordinance is needed to specify the designated streets, City Engineer/Public Works Director Kensey Russell told the council at the Nov. 13 monthly meeting.
"This ordinance establishes a Schedule 24 Commercial Vehicle Prohibited Streets list of locations and designated streets and will adopt a schedule of streets that currently have signs prohibiting trucks," Russell said.
Currently, there are 20 city streets that are prohibited for the use of commercial vehicles. Chapter 7, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article X. Schedules, Sec. 7-351. Schedule 24 "Commercial Vehicle Prohibited Streets" is hereby amended to provide new subsections to read as follows:
• Teal Lake Road from Business Route 54 to Huntingfield Drive.
• Lakeview Road from Business Route 54 to Fairground
• South Western from Boulevard to Lakeview
• Fairground from Lakeview to Adams
• South Union Street from Breckenridge to Green Boulevard
• South Calhoun Street from Breckenridge to Green Boulevard
• South Washington from High Street to Clay Street
• Trinity from Liberty to Holt
• Walnut from Liberty to Holt
• Johnson from Liberty to Holt
• South Coal from Green Boulevard to Jefferson Road
• South Calhoun from Green Boulevard to Jefferson Road
• South Street from Business Route 54 to Jefferson Street
• Branchwood from Business Route 54 to Jefferson Street
• Harvard from Business Route 54 to Western
• Yale from Business Route 54 to Western
• Southmor from Business Route 54 to Business Route 54
• Martin Luther King from Liberty to Holt Street
• Christy from Liberty to Holt Street
• Holt Street from Green Boulevard to Christy
The ordinance was passed with a 4-0 vote by councilmen Dan Botts, Chris Williams, Greg Miller and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Nichols. Mayor Ron Loesch was absent.
"We are very appreciative of you bringing this ordinance forward," Miller told city staff.