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Lower Saucon Council approves application for Automated Red Light Enforcement Grant

LOWER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - Lower Saucon Township Council passed 5-0 at its June 21 meeting a resolution authorizing an application for a PennDOT grant to improve the city’s traffic lights at its six intersections.

The $8,000 Automated Red Light Enforcement Grant would provide funds for traffic signal detection cameras and thermal imaging to aid in reducing vehicle crashes.

The cameras and imaging would replace the city’s currently damaged traffic loop detection systems, which, along with unclear markings, have caused vehicle crashes.

The new technology would also reduce traffic congestion.

The township would not need to provide matching funds.

In other business, council approved 5-0 to build two warehouses on two separate lots at Majestic Bethlehem Commerce Boulevard.

In other news, the Council aired concerns over a proposal by Little Town, LLC to develop a manufacturing facility in Bethlehem on 1125 Easton Road. 

A representative of Little Town, LLC explained that the proposed 168,000-square-foot building would be open from 5 a.m. on Monday to 5 a.m. Saturday. 

Thirty-five trucks would go in and out of the site daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Several council members expressed concern over the increased traffic congestion that the trucks might cause. 

Council member Glenn Kern cited a letter from the Borough of Hellertown that stated its worries about congestion problems.

Council member Donna Louder suggested that the trucks stop running closer to 6 p.m. so that people in residential areas would not be disturbed by the evening traffic. She said that “Easton Road was not made for tractor-trailers.”

Little Town, LLC is currently discussing the proposal with PennDOT and is seeking a Highway Occupancy Permit.

Lower Saucon Council was not required to take action on the issue. The site is not within the township’s limits.

Also at the meeting, council delayed a vote on a resolution allowing the township to use its power of eminent domain to acquire property at the northwest corner of Route 378 and Black River Road. 

The township is aiming to construct storm water management system improvements at the property owned by Saucon Valley Properties, LLC.

The vote will now be on July 19. 

Council President Ron Horiszny was absent, but talked to council members and cast votes via phone throughout the meeting. 

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