Truck Detour Signs Will Not Return to Lancaster Pike

A task force charged with studying excessive truck traffic on Routes 48 and 41 has agreed that large signs directing the big rigs to Lancaster Pike will stay down, TSD has learned.

The special committee created by a State Senate resolution voted 7-2 at a November 8 meeting to keep the signs off the busy suburban byway, a victory for the Lancaster Pike area residents who protested the surprising arrival of the DelDOT signs in the late summer of 2016.  The uproar from community members concerned with the impact of additional semi-tractor trailer traffic on the already crowded thoroughfare led to DelDOT’s removal of the signs in December of last year.

Residents living in neighborhoods along Rte. 41, however, are still seeking remedy for the steady flow of truck traffic grinding through their community.  The 48/41 committee is considering possible recommendations for reducing speed limits on Rte. 41, to reduce noise and safety concerns associated with the semis.

The committee unanimously voted in support of a feasibility study for the construction of a bypass between I-95 and US Rte. 1, and narrowly approved a study to restrict truck traffic to certain times and directions.  Also endorsed was further exploration of expanded passenger and freight rail line service that would relieve truck and other road traffic between US Rte. 1 and important points in northern Delaware including the Port of Wilmington, a goal that will be even more critical if longstanding efforts to expand the port come to fruition.

A proposal to study the feasibility of new tolls including congestion pricing on Rtes. 7, 41 and 48 was withdrawn.

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