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Supervisors hear more on warehouses, trucks

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Allen planning chairman suggests developer study traffic impact on existing roadways

The Allen Township Board of Supervisors meetings have become dominated by matters involving proposed large warehouses. The July 25 session was no exception, as talks centered on the impact the increased truck traffic will have on Howertown Road.

Planning commission Chairman Eugene Clater said he and township Manager Ilene Eckhart met earlier in the day to discuss the warehouse plans and its effect on the township.

The warehouse proposal is currently before the planning commission, but Clater said bringing the issue before the supervisors would be satisfactory since, ultimately, it will be that elected board’s decision.

Concerning to Clater is the plan having a service road link to Seemsville Road, between the largest two of the half-dozen proposed warehouses, then north to the four other warehouses and finally to a cul-de-sac. He said it is possible employees from the north would drive through the complex from Mud Lane instead of going further south on Howertown Road to Route 329 before proceeding left to enter from Seemsville Road.

Clater’s proposal for construction of an internal road being extended as a T intersection with Howertown Road fared well with the supervisors. A traffic signal would be required for allowing only personal vehicles, banning truck traffic.

Clater opined doubling traffic on Mud Lane was simply “not realistic.” Approximately 300 vehicles travel daily on that road. He said a consultant for the developer should study the impact of the proposed traffic in that area.

At the meeting with the developer, Clater said talks also centered on berms, landscaping and tall shoulders to deal with trucks parked on each side of the road.