A new walking trail in Lindberg Park, a plea for slower traffic on Emmaus Avenue and progress on implementing a new fire inspection program were among issues before Salisbury Township commissioners at Thursday night’s township meeting.
Resident Paul Bruchak complained to commissioners about people driving too fast on Emmaus Avenue in eastern Salisbury. He lives along that heavily-traveled road, which is a main link between Bethlehem and South Allentown and Emmaus.
Bruchak noted people can drive on Emmaus Avenue between Chapel Avenue and Seidersville Road without stopping. That’s just over two miles.
“Cars are going way too fast,” said Bruchak. “Average speed in my estimation—50.”
He and commissioners said the posted speed limit on that road is 40 mph.
“You’ve got increased traffic with the casino,” said Bruchak, referring to the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem. “That’s not a good situation. The traffic has increased one heck of a lot on that road.”
He said one reason to slow traffic is that school buses are entering that stretch of Emmaus Avenue from both Dauphin and Gaskill streets.
“The traffic is too fast on Emmaus Avenue and people don’t know how to drive. They go too fast around the curve and wind up in my driveway. I’m not happy about that at all.”
On Oct. 13, said Bruchak, “some clown” drove across his neighbor’s yard, came onto his property and pushed his car into his yard. He said his car was totaled. “I’m the loser and I was in my house.”
He also claimed not enough Salisbury police are patrolling Emmaus Avenue. “If there’s an accident, they show up.”
Bruchak won a promise that Police Chief Allen Stiles will look into his complaint and may even have a traffic study done on that road.
Commissioner James Brown said Emmaus Avenue is a state road, meaning PennDOT would have to determine if stop lights or stop signs are needed at any intersections along it.
Commissioners had vague recollections of an Emmaus Avenue traffic study that was done a couple of years ago, but said that study was inconclusive.
Commissioner Robert Martucci recalled that the number of accidents may have been low compared to the volume of traffic.
Commissioner James Seagreaves said about two weeks ago a bad accident happened at Emmaus Avenue and Gaskill Street, near Bruchak’s home.
When Bruchak called Seagreaves about his Emmaus Avenue concerns, the commissioner invited him to the township meeting.
A “perimeter trail” should be completed by autumn in western Salisbury’s 20-acre Lindberg Park, announced township manager Randy Soriano.
The township’s master plan for Lindberg Park describes the planned perimeter trail as “multi-use, ADA compliant, eight feet in width and nearly one mile in length.”
It will provide the residents of neighborhoods surrounding the park with a safe place to walk, according to the park’s master plan.
The trail will connect two parking areas, two baseball ?elds, a proposed active lawn area, the basketball courts and the playground area in the park, which is along Lindberg Avenue.
Soriano said the total project cost will be close to $460,000.
Funding for the project includes $177,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and $160,000 in Green Future funds from Lehigh County, said Soriano. He said Lehigh Valley Health Network is contributing $35,000.
He said the plan is to seek bids for the project by spring and award a bid by June so the project can be completed by fall.
The manager said the perimeter trail is the first of several projects planned to improve Lindberg Park. He indicated a similar master plan will be developed for Laubach Park in eastern Salisbury.