By: Nick Gallagher
The fight for road changes in Yardley and Lower Makefield have become vocal.
An online petition started last week on State Representative Perry Warren’s website. So far, confidential-names have filled the list to potentially urge the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to place special restrictions on the narrower streets of Yardley and Lower Makefield Township.
Rep. Perry Warren took to a podium outside of his Main Street office on Wednesday.
“Ideally the municipalities will make a request for the traffic study and we will bolster it with our petition,” Warren spoke, ” and show the PennDOT representatives there are significant public concerns and public demand and fear for public safety.”
According to Rep. Warren, State Route 32 beginning at the intersection of Woodside Road until the intersection of East Ferry Road, as well as Main Street beginning at the interchange with Interstate 95 and continuing to the intersection of Big Oak Road have been deemed the areas of highest concern.
Maps and still images show the alleged unsafe areas:
South Main St. and East Afton Ave.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition has gained more than 650 signatures.
In 2007, PennDOT determined that Main Street and River road were safe for large trucks to travel down.
“PennDOT will hopefully grant a request for a traffic study and we will reassess the decade old determination that these roads are safe and can handle truck traffic and then with that information, we will be able to reintroduce that legislation we have already drafted.”
The proposed weight restrictions would not affect local trucks, businesses, delivery services or emergency vehicles.
“Trucks cut through downtown to avoid the I-94 weigh station, the traffic on I-95 or the Route 1 toll bridge, or just because their GPS tells them to, not because the route is a sensible thoroughfare,” Warren stated in a news release.
Ben Rudolph, Deputy Communication Director for District 6 PennDOT, told WBCB last week his office is not against the petition, but their last study shows the roads equipt to handle truck traffic.
“That was 2007,” Rudolph said. “If things have changed..maybe a new study is needed.”