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Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Two streets designated as one way; borough still battling truck traffic

At the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop session July 29, Councilman Brian Mc- Kittrick discussed options he and his colleagues need to consider on two critical streets, Pineapple and Linden. Both streets will be converted to one way to help alleviate traffic congestion.

As McKittrick and Councilman Brian Bartholomew discussed, the traffic patterns in the borough need a thorough review. McKittrick emphasized the need for local restrictions on a range of streets — with emphasis on Poplar, Faith and 10th. Mayor Barbara Schlegel added Railroad Street to the list.

There is hesitation moving forward with a detailed analysis during the Race Street bridge construction project. The bridge project is expected to be finished at the end of November.

As Bartholomew mentioned, truck traffic is coming from all directions with the warehouse developments in progress. FedEx Ground trucks are supposed to use Airport Road, and they are not, it was reported.

Bartholomew pointed out how trucks get lost on Willowbrook Road, and they travel north across a bridge that is weight restricted.

McKittrick wants to restrict trucks on 14th Street to local deliveries only.

This problem is not unique to Catasauqua. East Allen Township and Northampton Borough are battling enforcement problems as well. East Allen does not have a police force, and township officials have witnessed trucks traveling on Weaversville Road, which is a restricted road.

That is the dilemma, but how to resolve the problem is still an open mystery. As Bartholomew cautioned, if you chase the trucks from one area, they are going to show up in another area. They are not going away.

Schlegel announced that this year’s Christmas tree lighting would not be held at the George Taylor House. There may be events that go on at the George Taylor House if volunteers can be found. Most of the volunteers from a year ago have ceased volunteering because of alleged poor management of the historical property.