Upper Nazareth Township supervisors plan to work with officials in East Allen Township to ban trucks on Township Line Road, which divides the townships.
The deal is not yet done, but signs look favorable for the townships to sign an intermunicipal agreement to ban most truck traffic from the aptly named road on the border of and East Allen.
The center line of the road serves as the border between the townships. Residents have complained that tractor trailers coming to or from nearby businesses clog roads in the neighborhood, with some truck drivers unaware that making turns at intersections such as Newburg and Silver Crest roads is almost impossible for an 18-wheeler.
At Wednesday's meeting of the , township engineer Al Kortze presented results of a study he conducted at the supervisors' request. Kortze concluded that Upper Nazareth can ban trucks from Township Line Road and should erect signs that say so.
Two things need to happen to make the truck ban effective, according to Kortze, township solicitor Gary Asteak and the supervisors.
First, Upper Nazareth and East Allen must sign an intermunicipal agreement that allows Upper Nazareth police to enforce the truck ban on the East Allen side of Township Line Road. East Allen relies on state police coverage, while Upper Nazareth has its own police department.
Also, East Allen officials or business owners must place signs near the exits of warehouses and businesses from which the confused truckers pull out, including a depot on Chrisphalt Drive. Those signs must make clear that tractor trailers are not allowed on Township Line Road.
“When they come out of the driveways they do not see the [trucks prohibited] signs until it is too late,” Kortze said.
One local business, Berger Sanitation, would be exempt from the ban, since the only access Berger trucks have to the company's property is via Township Line Road, Kortze noted.
The next Upper Nazareth supervisors meeting is 7pm Sept. 7 at the township municipal building, 100 Newport Ave.