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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESUpper Milford Residents Alan Severance, Ken Debus and Jim Warmkessel say the traffic light and road layout at the intersection of Route 29 and Buckeye Road causes problems. PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESUpper Milford Residents Alan Severance, Ken Debus and Jim Warmkessel say the traffic light and road layout at the intersection of Route 29 and Buckeye Road causes problems.
Macungie Ambulance Corps Operations Manager Christopher Greb attends the Upper Milford Township Supervisors meeting April 4, saying, “Your funding is important to us. It allows us to provide better community service.” Macungie Ambulance Corps Operations Manager Christopher Greb attends the Upper Milford Township Supervisors meeting April 4, saying, “Your funding is important to us. It allows us to provide better community service.”

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Local News

Residents present concerns about intersection problem

At the April 4 meeting, three Upper Milford Township residents asked supervisors to alleviate what they described as a problem with the intersection of state Route 29 and Buckeye Road. The Trivet Restaurant is at the intersection.

Alan Severance, Ken Debus and Jim Warmkessel said the traffic light and road layout at the intersection causes problems.

According to Debus, the issue is that some drivers going north on Route 29, or Chestnut Street, from Shimerville toward Emmaus and wanting to turn left onto Buckeye Road often decide, instead of waiting for the light to turn green, to cut through the restaurant’s parking lot to get onto Buckeye Road.

Compounding the problem, according to Debus, is people going south on Route 29 from Emmaus and wanting to turn right onto Buckeye Road don’t have a right turn lane. Not wanting to wait for the light to turn green and take a proper turn, they crowd onto the shoulder and make a right turn even though they still have red light.

Also, according to Debus in a later interview, the intersection of Route 29 and Mill Road south of the Trivet Restaurant, is a problem. Limited visibility and the high speed which motorists are coming down the hill make crossing Route 29 on Mill Road very hazardous.

Debus also expressed concern over the effect of the planned bridge replacement on Route 29 between Buckeye Road and Emmaus.

“They plan to put a new traffic light at the intersection of Allen and Route 29,” Debus said. “That and the new 123-home development, Fields of Jasper Ridge, will increase problems on Route 29.”

Upper Milford Township Supervisor Robert Sentner said he would forward the men’s letter to state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th and to state Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st. “The light at the Trivet has a problem,” Sentner said. “There is no easy fix.”

“I wish we could do more,” Supervisor Joyce Moore said. “It’s frustrating.”

In other matters, Macungie Ambulance Corps Operations Manager Christopher Greb spoke to the supervisors, saying, “Your funding is important to us. It allows us to provide better community service.”

He said the Macungie Ambulance Corps responds to an overdose every week in the community. Greb said the Macungie Ambulance Corps responds to emergencies in homes, to missing person reports and to other emergencies.

Greb told the story of Merissa Frye’s legacy to the ambulance corps. He said when Frye’s family had to take her to New York City in connection with her cervical cancer diagnosis, the Macungie Ambulance Corps provided the transportation for free.

When her friends and family established the Merissa L. Frye Small Cell Cervical Cancer Memorial Foundation, the foundation started to support the ambulance corps. As a result, the Macungie Ambulance Corps has established the Merissa L. Frye Memorial Responder Training Fund which will be used to support the training and equipment purchases for area emergency responders.

Individuals who want to know more about the Merissa L. Frye Small Cell Cervical Cancer Memorial Foundation can send an email to MLFMemorialFoundation@gmail.com. The foundation can also be found on Facebook.

Upper Milford Township Manager Bud Cole reported the township had awarded contracts for bituminous seal coat and for “ultra-thin bonded wearing course” to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions, LLC of Center Valley. An award for line painting went to A-1 Traffic Control of Douglassville.

Emmaus Public Library representative Lisa Marten reported circulation in February exceeded the circulation for February 2018.

Marten also announced National Library Week is April 7 through 13; the occasion will be celebrated with games and a party. She said there will be a presentation titled “School Security in the Age of Fear” 7 p.m. April 15.