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Large trucks causing problems in Blawnox

| Friday, July 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The chairman of the Blawnox Planning Commission presented two ideas for improving the community to council members last week.

Richard Chene said the borough has an ongoing problem with large trucks turning off Freeport Road and driving down Center Avenue. With turning space limited because of parking, the area can be dangerous, he said.

“I've seen a woman walking across Sixth Street almost get run over,” Chene said.

Chene said trucks should use alternate ways to access the businesses in the area.

Councilwoman Carol Uminski said she has seen large trucks driving dangerously in that area.

“They do not slow down to make those turns,” Uminski said.

Chene said signs prohibiting large trucks and a larger parking area for the senior citizens housing complex would alleviate the parking problems on the street and help the situation. The problem has been ongoing.

The situation could pose a hazard for children in that area, Uminski said.

“Think about the kids riding their bikes,” she said.

Mayor Anthony Gross said he would investigate options for helping with the truck traffic. He said efforts are under way to improve parking at the housing complex.

Besides improving truck traffic, Chene said, he also would like borough officials to consider building a boat ramp and park near their section of the waterfront, similar to what exists in Sharpsburg.

Chene said officials should look for funding opportunities to help them build a facility for the borough.

“Get that ramp built first. Then, what we can do is on one side of the ramp build a park like Sharpsburg did,” Chene said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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