LOWER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - The Lower Saucon Township Manager offered a slide show presentation Wednesday night to council which illustrated the less than desirable road conditions of various township roads under state care with regard to plowing and salting as a result of Tuesday's snowstorm.
Township Manager Leslie Huhn showed multiple snapshots comparing ice and snow covered road conditions of highly traveled state roads and nearby and/or intersecting township maintained thoroughfares which were clear down to the asphalt.
Huhn said today she received numerous complaint calls from residents inquiring as to why Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) roads in the township were left in such poor condition as compared to nearby township roads which were clean and clear.
Hunh said she didn't have an official answer, however, she speculated PennDOT road crews covering Northampton County may have neglected to spread pretreatment salt solution adequately, which resulted in Lower Saucon roads remaining packed with ice after plowing.
The following state-maintained roads and the nearby township thoroughfares were shown by the township manager with photos taken Wednesday morning :
- Route 378 at Black River Road (snow and ice packed)
- Bingen and Black River Road intersection and Black River Road to Friedensville Road. Bingen Road to Bingen was clear (township).
- Friedensville Road to Hellertown ice and snow packed--Meadows Road clear (township)
- Route 378 at the Route 78 overpass (snow and ice packed)
- Route 412 through central Hellertown (very snow and ice packed)
- A large portion of Siedersville Road (nearly impassable)
- Easton Road (snow covered)
Huhn said it is important for residents unhappy with PennDOT designated road conditions to contact them directly. She said she feels complaints made by residents are more effective than if Lower Saucon contacted the state directly. She said resident should refer to the township website to see under whose jurisdiction a particular road falls.
Huhn said she would be contacting PennDOT directly as to the status of the condition of Northampton County roads under their jurisdiction.
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