Unsightly signage on Lancaster Pike directing inbound tractor-trailer traffic from Pennsylvania to take that suburban thoroughfare on eastward travel will be removed, TSD has learned.
Multiple large, illuminated placards redirecting truck traffic from Rte. 41 had been posted by DelDOT without notice this past summer, catching legislators off guard and causing an uproar in impacted local communities.
In a letter to state legislators, DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan said although “a good faith effort was attempted by community leaders and area legislators” to include key constituencies in discussions about the truck traffic issue, “the majority of the citizens along Rte. 48 and Rt. 7 did not have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the issues and path forward.”
Cohan went on to say she was “in receipt of a petition with 1100 signatures along with a request for a new open public process to revisit the truck traffic along all three corridors. Therefore, the department will take down the signs within the next two weeks.”
TSD has learned that DelDOT officials organized a meeting with local legislators last week where agreement was reached to create a special committee to examine truck traffic and freight movement along Routes 41, 48 and 7, and to provide recommendations regarding traffic patterns and highway usage. TSD was provided a copy of the draft House Concurrent Resolution that would establish the committee, which is to include representatives from WILMAPCO (Wilmington Area Planning Commission), DelDOT, the Port of Wilmington, the Delaware State Police and local community groups.
The resolution will likely be acted upon in January when the Delaware General Assembly convenes, with a report from the committee due in June 2017.