Lehigh Valley

New speed limits on Lehigh Township roads

Supervisors ponder adding a position

WALNUTPORT, Pa. - The Lehigh Township Board of  Supervisors passed an ordinance establishing speed limits for several township roads at its Tuesday meeting.

The township police department recently conducted a traffic investigation and study to determine the appropriate speed limits for the roads.

The department, based on the study, had recommended setting a maximum speed limit of 35 miles per hour on Cherryville Road and Dogwood Road, as well as a speed limit of 30 miles per hour on North Cottonwood Road.

The 35 mph limit will apply to Cherryville Road from Blue Mountain Drive to the township line.

Motorists will also need to follow the 35 mph limit on Dogwood Road from Walnut Drive to Mountain View Drive and from Mountain View Drive to North Cottonwood Road.

Drivers will be required to stay under the 30 mph limit on North Cottonwood Road from Mountain View Drive to Bayberry Drive.

Residents at the meeting expressed concern that many overweight trucks travel those roads and talked about the need for weight restrictions. The township is currently considering an ordinance to impose such restrictions.

Other business

The board debated on whether to add the position of an assistant public works director to aid Director Frank Zamadics, who Board Chairman Darryl Snover said was overworked.

An assistant would provide much-needed “relief” to the director, who is effectively on-call all day “365 days a year,” Snover said.

Supervisor Cynthia Miller said she was “not sold” on the need for the new position, saying that the township could better utilize the other seven full-time workers in the public works department.

Miller said that the township should consider the cost of adding the new position, which she estimated would cost around $90,000 a year when salary and benefit costs are considered.

Supervisor Keith Hantz said the addition of the position would benefit the public as well as provide help to Zamadics.

The board will continue the discussion at the next public meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to authorize the fire department to purchase a new rescue vehicle for no more than $796,141. That figure includes $15,000 for a possible change order down the road, although such an order is not anticipated.

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