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Upper Nazareth Agrees to Help Stop Werner Road Trucks

The Upper Nazareth Board of Supervisors has agreed to help pay for an engineering and traffic study for Werner Road, which residents say is plagued by oversized trucks trying to maneuver sharp turns.

About five months after the Upper Nazareth Board of Supervisors rejected a request to help pay for an engineering and traffic study for Werner Road, which was the scene of a landscape hit-and-run, the township has had a change of heart.

According to a motion unanimously approved Wednesday night:

If Lower Nazareth Township is still interested in splitting the cost, the engineer for both townships, Al Kortze, is authorized to move forward with the engineering and traffic study.

According to a Werner Road homeowner, some truck drivers heading toward East Allen Township via Newburg Road are getting lost. Others, meanwhile, are using Werner Road because they can't maneuver the sharp right-turn swing from Gun Club Road. 

"[Werner Road] enters from Newburg Road and tractor trailers can’t navigate that turn without destroying landscaping," he explained. "My kid was almost hit by a truck. So was my wife who was walking our dogs."

The landscaping incident the resident referred to occurred June 8.

A Michigan truck driver admitted to Colonial Regional Police that he ran over landscaping with his tractor trailer but continued driving down the road -- with a rock and a 55-gallon plastic barrel lodged underneath.

Colonial Regional Police followed the drag marks from the barrel and rock down Newburg to a truck terminal on Chrisphalt Drive -- almost two miles from where the incident originated (Werner Road).

At the terminal, police located a driver trying to dislodge the barrel from under his trailer. The rock came loose on Newburg after breaking into pieces and damaging the road, according to police.

Kortze said Lower Nazareth is willing to post a "No Trucks Allowed" sign on its side of Werner Road -- only if Upper Nazareth follows suit.

Supervisor Andy Donello wondered how many trucks would have to get stuck -- or destroy landscaping -- before signs could be successfully posted.

"If it’s a road that trucks shouldn’t be on or trucks can’t negotiate through, all you need is one truck to prove the case," Kortze said. "You already had one truck that tried it and made the case. It’s all a matter of width of road, turning movement and sight distance. It doesn’t matter the number of trucks."

The next meeting of the Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors will be 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12.

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