The City of La Porte was seeing growth in commercial vehicle operations throughout the city. Freese and Nichols was retained by the City of La Porte to assess current truck operations in order to guide the City’s efforts to update its Truck Ordinance and provide other measures to address truck operations issues. The purpose of this Truck Study for the City of La Porte was threefold:
To review the current truck ordinance and parking ordinances for adequacy for protection of developments while accommodating commercial operations
To review the current truck route designations for adequacy to accommodate planned growth and land uses
To review current truck operations to modify truck routes, truck route and truck prohibition signage to facilitate enforcement of desired behaviors
Work included a review of peer cities’ best practices regionally and in comparable port cities in the United States. Our team’s recommendations included changes to the truck routes and ordinances, new truck routes and supporting facilities. The City's existing truck route network required improvements to key intersections to better accommodate existing and anticipated truck operations in the future. Changes to city ordinance language were also suggested.