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UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by JULIA F. SWAN Special to The Press in Local News

Traffic on Route 100/29 concerns Upper Milford supervisors

Traffic generated by development in neighboring townships continues to concern Upper Milford Township supervisors, who last week asked Township Manager Daniel DeLong to set up a meeting with PennDOT, state representatives and other interested parties to look into solutions.

Route 100/29 has become increasingly congested, supervisors said during a lengthy discussion at the Sept. 4 meeting. Traffic is particularly bad at the Shimerville Road traffic light, where it sometimes backs up more than a mile in both directions, DeLong said after the meeting.

Supervisors fear development of the Jaindl property in Lower Macungie Township and the quarry being proposed in Lower Milford Township will only make matters worse.

In other action last week, supervisors authorized Rettew Associates, of Allentown, to move forward on a design for upgrading the Yeakel's Mill Road bridge. There is currently a 10-ton weight restriction on the bridge and for some time supervisors have been discussing an upgrade. The cost for the design will be about $18,000.

In other business, the board agreed to write to the Zoning Hearing Board supporting a variance requested by Adams Outdoor Advertising for a billboard in the Buckeye Road area. Adams would like the display on the lighted sign to change about every 10 seconds, which is the industry standard. Upper Milford's zoning ordinance limits such changes to every 30 seconds.

DeLong said Adams may consider challenging the ordinance in court if it doesn't receive the variance.

Supervisors also thanked Eagle Scout Casey Moyer for his landscaping work around the sign in front of the township office.