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Illegal Truck Traffic Frustrates Lower Nazareth Resident

A Lower Nazareth Township resident looks for a solution to stop tractor trailers from driving west on Hanoverville Road -- and over a bridge with a weight limit.

Tractor trailers traveling where they shouldn’t are stressing out at least one resident -- and a bridge -- in .

Laurie Ehasz, who lives on Hanoverville Road, approached the Wednesday night to seek help with the continuous tractor trailer traffic that cruises by her house.

Ehasz said she lives a few houses down from The Spot, an ice cream shop located at the corner of Route 191 and Hanoverville Road, and sees tractor trailers heading west on Hanoverville.

The problem: The old, concrete bridge on Hanoverville Road -- just before -- isn’t strong enough to bear that kind of repeated weight.

“We have a problem with the semis coming down the road,” Ehasz said. “It sounds like they're coming through your front porch.”

Can you relate to Ehasz's frustrations? What suggestions would you pass along to the township and police?

Ehasz told the supervisors that on Tuesday, five trucks went past her house before 11 a.m. She said she has called -- the bridge has a posted weight limit -- but that hasn't put a dent in the problem.

“The only thing you can do is keep calling the police," said Eric Nagle, chairman of the supervisors. "It’s posted. They’re not supposed to go through there.”

Ehasz said the officers are getting the excuse that the drivers’ GPS navigation systems send them in that direction.

“The GPS doesn’t tell you the weight limits, just directions,” said Timm Tenges, the township's manager. “But that shouldn’t be a reason for the police to succumb to it.”

Tenges suggested that the issue be brought up “with a greater degree of urgency” at the next meeting of the , which usually meets on the fourth Monday of the month at Colonial Regional headquarters.

sean May 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM
We've lived on Hanoverville Road for 2 years now and it is very noisy all day long. Something needs to be done! We are afraid the bridge will collapse and possibly cause a serious accident. We agree that the tractor trailers need to abide by the laws and the police need to start enforcing the weight limit on these drivers. Maybe then people will take the weight limit signs more seriously.
DAN May 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
The bridge weight limit and constant speeders are both major safety concerns on Hanoverville Road. As a Hanoverville road resident, the disregard for the safety of others by our fellow motorists is appalling. Daily, we have illegal 18 wheelers and cars using our street as a 1/4 mile race track. We are a neighborhood of good caring people with children often playing in the yards. We ask that something been done before someone gets hurt.
sherry May 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I live in Nazareth Borough but I can tell you that the last thing we need is ANOTHER bridge out of commission. The police need to be more vigilant and clamp down on the illegal use of this bridge before disaster strikes again.
Dawn June 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I have lived on Hanoverville rd for the last 10 years and the truck traffic has gotten worse. They come down the road all times of day. Something needs to be done before the bridge is out of commission. I use that bridge every day to go to work. It would be a real inconvenience to me if I could not use it. There needs to be more police stopping the trucks.
93GEO-Metro June 22, 2012 at 07:53 AM
And at the beginning of the road from Route 191 it is clearly posted "NO TRUCKS". What part of that don't they understand??? Also the police shouldn't accept their excuse that their GPS sends them that way, as when they see the sign "No Trucks" if they'd go a bit further, the GPS will automatically re-figure the route to their destination.

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