Northampton Press

Monday, February 18, 2019

Coplay column

Thursday, January 15, 2015 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Bridge construction slows Coplay traffic

At times during the evening rush hour, traffic backs up from the Coplay-Northampton Bridge onto Chestnut Street, sometimes all the way to the traffic light at Second Street.

Some of the added traffic is attributed to the ongoing construction of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, but it is made worse by vehicles zooming down Ninth Street in Northampton and onto the bridge into Coplay.

Vehicles entering Northampton, wanting to turn left onto Main Street, often can't make the turn on green because of the Ninth Street traffic. Motorists say it is not unusual for the traffic light signal to change to red at least a couple of times before they can turn onto Main.

PennDOT has denied requests from Northampton officials for either a delayed green or green arrow to make the turn, and the same for southbound traffic on Main Street waiting to turn left onto the bridge and into Coplay.

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Coplay Lions Club, which holds a huge Super Bowl Sunday breakfast each February before the football game, will do so again this year at the Coplay Saengerbund.

The membership meeting is on Jan. 19, 7:15 p.m. at the Saengerbund on Fifth Street.

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Sunday in the borough begins with the CFC all-you-can-eat breakfast at its quarters on Cherry Street. It is open to the public.

Coplay American Legion Baseball Committee will meet to continue its plans to upgrade Sammy Balliet Stadium and its baseball program.

The feral cat committee will meet 2 p.m. at Samuel Owens Restaurant.

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For residents putting out metal items they are discarding, there is no reason to call the borough office. A call is needed only for recycling electronic items. Thursday, Jan. 22, is the next date for metal collection by borough crews.