Truck Traffic in Andrews causing problems for citizens

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

Hundreds of 18 wheelers make their way through Andrews everyday, and a local business say this is more than just traffic troubles.

"We see lots of oilfield equipment coming through, and several trucks coming through we have 5, 6, 8 in a row, I think it interferes with alot of our traffic."
     
It's a problem that's been plaguing the streets of andrews for months, with the oil boom, more trucks are traveling through town.   A good sign of a booming economy, but not so much for Hulen's Jewelry.   

"You can't see around a truck, and they'll back up out of here say you're backing out of a store you back up, and they can't see the traffic and the traffic come around and they bump, they hit each other," says Phyliss Gaines, employee at Hulen's Jewelry.

Phyliss Gaines has seen her share of accidents outside the jewelry shop she works at, and the traffic outside their turf seems to be growing by the day, and night.

"We're always griping about the trucks, it rattles the windows in our store and it sets off the alarms at night, because some of the trucks set off the alarms, and we have to come and answer the call at 2 or 3 in the morning," Gaines said.

Andrews City Manager Glen Hackler tells NewsWest Nine their town is working to tackle the traffic troubles.

"They're looking at decreasing the speed limit as you enter the city limits as you go along main street maybe slowing down truck traffic prior to entering Main street," Hackler said.

Another possible solution, making an alternate route along Mustang.      

"They're also looking at a truck reliever route study for future developments so that we can address some of the northwest traffic going on in town," 

The City of Andrews and TXDOT are working together to come up with possible solutions to help alleviate the problem, hopefully by the end of summer.