East Austin locals fed up with trucks cutting through neighborhood

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — East Austin locals are fed up after they say their neighborhood has been overrun with trucks driving through illegally, causing damage and traffic. 

“We have beautiful trees that hang over the streets, they knock off branches,” Jessica Eley told KXAN. “People are losing side mirrors, my neighbor lost his side mirror twice, there was an accident in front of my house,” she said.

Trucks are not permitted on several streets in the Govalle area including on Bengston St., Kay St., Lyons Rd., Govalle Ave. and Goodwin Ave. However, people say trucks frequent these streets because of construction nearby. 

“I don’t think they pay attention so much because they’re trying to get their job done,” said George Morgansterm, another resident in the area.

In an effort to alert developers and contractors to their plight, Eley said they’ve been invited to the neighborhood association meetings. “We ask them please tell your truck drivers not to go down our streets, go on approved streets, but who knows how much that message is getting across,” she said. 

One solution neighbors hope will make a difference is to get speed humps laid on the roads. Eley told KXAN she applied for speed humps in the area last year. City of Austin’s Transportation Department officials say they are still reviewing her request.  

Trucks from Texas Concrete have been seen driving through the no-truck zone in the Govalle area. Officials with the company say they plan to remind drivers which streets they’re allowed to use to avoid this from happening again.  

Austin Police Department officials say they have recently dealt with several complaints regarding trucks in the area and reached out to the companies. 

Police want to remind people there are times a commercial truck is allowed to use neighborhood streets — An example of this would be if the trucks are going to or from a construction job site located within the neighborhood. However, if that’s not the case, there are consequences, if an officer stops someone violating the city ordinance, it could result in a warning or citation.  
 

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