Hundreds of additional gravel trucks on area roads will increase travel times, vehicle accidents, and traffic deaths on roadways between Bulverde, Spring Branch, Garden Ridge, and New Braunfels.
Additional trucks will be concentrated on FM 3009, SH 46, FM 1863, and Beck Road. US Highway 281, FM 311, FM 3159, and Loop 337 will also experience increased traffic from the gravel hauling trucks.
Affected roadways are typically winding, hilly two-lane roads with speed limits between 30 and 60 miles per hour, often with limited visibility in both directions. Increased truck traffic from the proposed quarry will directly pass through several elementary, middle, and high school zones (with even lower speed limits).
Gravel hauling trucks weigh up to 20 times the weight of your car or SUV. In a collision with a fast-moving, extremely heavy truck, passenger vehicles don’t stand a chance. Texas already leads the nation in fatal truck accidents. With the proposed Vulcan Comal County quarry, area drivers can anticipate increased frequency and severity of collisions.
Teen Hit by 18-Wheeler
High school junior Cody Culp was hit and dragged by an 18-wheeler as he walked to school in San Antonio. (WOAI-TV)
Gravel Truck Plows into Cars
Gravel dump truck crashes through intersection of FM 2222 and Jester Boulevard, west of Austin. (KXAN-TV)
Total estimated truck traffic from area quarries and plants
Longer Travel Times
Adding hundreds of heavy, slow gravel trucks to area roads already at or near capacity will significantly increase the time it takes you to commute, drop the kids off at school, or run to the store. Relative to passenger cars, aggregate haul trucks are long, heavy, and require more distance to accelerate and decelerate.
Emergency vehicle response times will also increase as a result of the slower, heavier traffic patterns on area roadways.