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Lower Nazareth Signs Off on Werner Road Study

The Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors has agreed to assist a neighboring municipality in paying for an engineering and traffic study on Werner Road.

The Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors on Dec. 12 agreed to help pay for an engineering and traffic study for Werner Road, which was the scene of a landscape hit-and-run in June.

On Dec. 7, the Upper Nazareth Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion to split the cost and authorize the engineer for both townships, Al Kortze, to move forward with the study.

The decisions ended five months of limbo for homeowners who say Werner Road is plagued by oversized trucks trying to maneuver sharp turns.

According to a Werner Road homeowner, some truck drivers heading toward East Allen Township via Newburg Road are getting lost. Others, meanwhile, are using Werner Road because they can't maneuver the sharp right-turn swing from Gun Club Road. 

"[Werner Road] enters from Newburg Road and tractor trailers can’t navigate that turn without destroying landscaping," he explained at the Dec. 7 meeting in Upper Nazareth. "My kid was almost hit by a truck. So was my wife who was walking our dogs."

The landscaping incident the resident referred to occurred June 8.

A Michigan truck driver admitted to Colonial Regional Police that he ran over landscaping with his tractor trailer but continued driving down the road -- with a rock and a 55-gallon plastic barrel lodged underneath.

Colonial Regional police followed the drag marks from the barrel and rock down Newburg to a truck terminal on Chrisphalt Drive -- almost two miles from where the incident originated (Werner Road).

At the terminal, police located a driver trying to dislodge the barrel from under his trailer. The rock came loose on Newburg after breaking into pieces and damaging the road, according to police.

Kortze said Lower Nazareth was willing to post a "No Trucks Allowed" sign on its side of Werner Road -- only if Upper Nazareth follows suit. And now all of the ducks -- or trucks -- are in a row.

Ron Albert December 18, 2012 at 01:59 AM
It's amazing that several residents of the actual "Lower Nazareth" community have complained to the the township about speeding cars and trucks on our road and we have asked to have a couple stop signs put in to slow down traffic, but they will not do anything for us, but they will put our tax money into Upper Nazareth Township. Is the only way for us to get help at the risk of having one of our own children get hit by a speeding vehicle before they will do a traffic study in their own township?
Mallory Vough December 18, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I'm not belittling your concern, but Werner Road is like a giant U-turn. You can enter in Lower Nazareth and exit in Upper Nazareth, or vice versa. That's why the cost is being split.

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