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Hanover gets ready to start work on Troxell Street

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Resident tells council of water backing up into driveways after storms

At its regular meeting Sept. 18, Hanover Township Council discussed options on problem-plagued Troxell Street. The roadway is the subject of many long-term issues that started with a water leak, ballooned into a sinkhole and was subsequently poorly repaired.

Due to concerns about the street’s condition, council took a sounding of the substrate and is ready to let the bid.

Ellie McCafferty, a Troxell Street resident, took the podium to address the amount of water that cascades down the street.

“There are times when we have water backing up into the driveway and into the yard. We get wet getting out of the car,” she said.

McCafferty came to the meeting with pictures that showed the river of water on the street during a recent rainstorm. She presented a video to township Manager Christopher Garges earlier in the week.

McCafferty contends the existing curbing is deteriorating because of the stormwater flow.

After consultation with Director of Public Works Jeffry Mouer, Garges decided the water along Troxell was not overwhelming or unusual for a heavy rainstorm. McCafferty wanted to channel the water better.

Chairman Bruce Paulus explained that stormwater drains are at the intersection of Troxell Street and Catasauqua Road. The drains are designed with enough capacity to handle the expected rainfall. Council was not inclined to make further alterations to the street.

In other business, Councilman Rick Tocci asked public works staff to look at sign placement on Lloyd Street. At its last meeting, council authorized truck restrictions in that area.

Signs are placed on Lloyd Street. However, Tocci said trucks trying to turn onto Lloyd Street do not see the signs until they are partly into the turn. He indicated backing out of the intersection might cause more safety issues than completing the turn.

Tocci asked that signs restricting truck traffic be placed on Airport Road. Township Engineer Albert Kortze said he needs to get permission from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the sign placement.

The township will purchase visual speed limit signs. The signs flash vehicle speed and indicate if the driver is over or under the limit.

The signs are mobile and can be moved to different locations. The signs do require a yearly PennDOT permit.