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Courtesy of Peters Township

Peters Township Council voted Monday to limit commercial trucks on Maple Lane to vehicles making local deliveries.

The action amending the township code of ordinances follows a September traffic study conducted in response to a resident’s concerns about speeding and oversized vehicles.

Through his observations, traffic engineer Mike Mudry determined the number of vehicles on the street fails to meet criteria for the township’s traffic-calming program.

“But at the same time, what was discovered is that on this road over that two-day period, four tractor-trailers traveled up Hahn Drive and Maple Lane,” township manager Paul Lauer said during the council meeting, referencing the Cecil Township street that intersects with Maple to the west, across Chartiers Creek.

Having undergone substantial improvement in recent years, Hahn Drive now serves as a suitable connector between Georgetown Road and Maple Lane, which in turn leads to and from Route 19.

Lauer said the truck traffic probably is the result of directions drivers receive from their vehicles’ Global Positioning Systems.

Cecil Township supervisors are prepared to take similar action in November, he said.

In 2017, Peters Township Council approved a measure prohibiting “trucks except for the purpose of local deliveries” on Thompsonville Road between Old Washington and East McMurray roads, the only previous such provision in the township code.

Maple Lane already has a 10-ton vehicular weight limit, according to the code, from Route 19 to Brave Run Road.

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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