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Paving project may ease some Fifth Avenue problems in Ford City

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Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Coal truck traffic on Fifth Avenue — state Route 128 — in Ford City may get quieter when a PennDOT paving project is finished this summer, but it's not likely to go away.

“We can't prohibit or restrict trucks from driving on a state road,” PennDOT maintenance program engineer Courtney Snyder said at a Thursday morning meeting to discuss the summer paving project and address concerns about truck traffic on Fifth Avenue.

Residents have complained of traffic they say is noisy and even destructive to their homes as coal trucks rumble down the rutted road carrying their loads.

“These people on Fifth Avenue are going through hell,” Councilman Jerry Miklos said.

The $1.6 million paving project that starts in June and should be complete by August will mean a smoother road to dampen the noise and ease vibrations caused by the trucks, said PennDOT assistant district executive for design Brian Allen.

“We're trying to get the road maintained and will get rid of ruts and sink holes,” he said.

Snyder suggested that a long-term solution for residents might involve Ford City officials working with trucking companies to get them to voluntarily alter their routes through the borough.

Resident Rachel Dinus asked about another solution: the addition of traffic lights or stop signs to slow trucks down as they travel through the borough.

“There are rules and regulations about that — they cannot be used for speed control, only for traffic control,” Snyder said.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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