Constant truck U-turns cause traffic delays in the Mines Road area
LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) – Traffic delays at the World Trade Bridge are not only causing headaches for the freight industry, but also for drivers in the area.
While the delays are usually attributed to a system failure or closures on the Mexican side of the bridge, another factor comes into play.
However, there is a committee that is actively seeking solutions to address this issue.
If you live on Mines Road or drive near the World Trade Bridge, you may have been stuck in traffic.
Back-to-back trailers waiting to cross Mexico … but why?
In a meeting with the new Point of Entry Advisory Committee, the topic of insufficient funds at toll plazas highlighted an issue impacting traffic flow.
“Whenever I think this is happening, I get called. The bridge is blocked and sometimes we blame Mexico, but it’s not.
According to the Yvette Limon liaison committee, each truck has an automatic vehicle identification sticker better known as AVI.
Trucking companies are responsible for putting money into the AVI, but Limon says they have found many accounts to be empty.
“So what we need to do, of course, is have our staff at the toll booth call the front desk inside to check. “Can you check the 12345 account if they have any funds?” No, no funds. We cannot let them pass.
Limon says the staff must then stop traffic at the checkpoint, which is happening as we speak, and ask the truck to turn around. Traffic is blocked while the trucks turn around to leave.
The trucks go through an exit area where they can leave, and then they have to put money in that AVI and then be able to come back online. Traffic is at a standstill while this is happening and several cars are starting to line up.
This is a process that Limon says typically takes around 10 minutes, but it causes delays and from there can lead to even greater delays in the mine area.
“For the month of June, we had 483 without funds. It’s a disruption and we give them, we’ve given them notices, ‘please tell your bosses, account owners, to deposit so that when they get to the tracks they don’t to (be) an inconvenience for everyone. ‘”
After hearing this, many of the committee members – who are experts in the matter – discussed ideas such as charging repeat offenders or setting up a sensor that informs drivers of their AVI balance. .
The final decision was for Limon to come back with more data and a proposal the committee could agree on.
The committee will revisit this topic at a meeting on August 16.
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