Hanover works to stop truck parking on Postal Rd.
Over the past few months, Hanover Township Council has expressed its concern over truck parking on Postal Road. Tractor-trailers waiting to load or unload at the airport warehouse have nowhere to park and have taken up waiting on a gravel strip along Postal Road.
At the Jan. 17 council meeting, Chairman Bruce Paulus reported he met with officials from the airport and state police about the problem.
Postal Road is a township road with a local ordinance controlling parking. State police have the authority to enforce regulations on state roads. The state police can monitor the situation and ask the drivers to move, but officers cannot issue tickets.
Han-Le-Co is tasked with supporting the airport in emergencies and has concerns that trucks parking on Postal Road could hamper its ability to respond.
According to the minutes from last month’s meeting, the airport is waiting for approval from the Lehigh County Conservation District before it can proceed with developing a gravel parking lot closer to the warehouse. The airport has received the necessary approvals to move forward with the plan, except for this last item.
Paulus had a status update Feb. 7.
“The airport has approval from the (Lehigh County) Conservation District to move forward. [Airport officials] are looking at making this a priority. The project could be done in as little as three weeks,” he said.
In other action, council appointed Larry Hawk to the Hanover Township Planning Commission.
Acting township Manager Vicky Roth withdrew a request from site contractors working on the Willowbrook Road expansion. Surrounding municipalities indicated that contractors wanted to close Willowbrook Road while a new storm line was set in place.
The municipalities were opposed to closing the road, but the decision was Hanover Township’s to make. The new stormwater line crosses Willowbrook Road in Hanover Township. According to Roth, conditions have changed and the road will not be closed in the near future.
Road work was slated to begin along Race Street Feb. 12, which may cause some delays. Race Street is being expanded to four lanes to better allow Route 22 access for tractor-trailers from the FedEx Ground warehouse.