GPS advice leads truck drivers into tight residential areas
Richland copes with traffic dilemma
GPS directions are complicating Richland Township’s traffic problems.
At the township supervisors’ Jan. 6 meeting, Manager Stephen Sechriest said the latest tractor trailer complaint was related to turns off Route 313 onto Thatcher Road, in order to reach Erie Road without traveling on a weight-restricted bridge, and in so doing not having sufficient room for turns without running over residents’ lawns.
Sechriest said efforts are to be made to determine maximum vehicle lengths allowed at turnoffs, and then to enact an ordinance change to allow for posting them.
This most recent problem, like some others before it, was assumed to be related to GPS advice received by drivers.
In his police chief report, Rich Ficco noted that his attempt to get appropriate cooperation from GPS providers had been frustrated by a reply to his e-mail stating insufficient information had been provided, but without indicating what further information was needed. “All I could do was use up the space in the comment box,” he said.
At their meeting Oct. 14, supervisors had pledged to conduct a multi-faceted effort on behalf of residents of East Cherry Road toward helping with truck traffic problems there, and at the Jan. 6 meeting requested an update on that for their next meeting on Feb. 10. At the meeting Sept. 9, Richlandtown Borough Mayor Carl Raub called for an inter-municipal effort to address truck traffic problems on a regional basis.
Richland Township now has a new traffic engineer, and has also appointed an additional computer consultant.
During the supervisors’ public reorganization meeting, which preceded the regular monthly meeting, Gilmore & Associates Inc. was named township engineer and township traffic engineer.
The firm succeeds Carroll Engineering Corporation of Warrington, who served in both roles at least since 2004, and in the traffic function at least since 2000. No particular reason for the change was offered during the public meeting, or in response to a query afterward. Boucher & James Inc. of Doylestown is continuing as township planning consultant and inspections engineer, and B. Lincoln Treadwell Jr. of Bethlehem is continuing as township solicitor.
Also during the regular meeting, William J. Matthews of Strategic Systems Inc. of Allentown gave a slide presentation on his preliminary findings toward improving the township’s hardware and software and related matters. Matthews praised the township’s efforts to date, including the performance of its already-existing consultant.
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