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Concerns about oversized loads in JT looked into

Published July 20. 2011 05:02PM

Citizens have voiced concerns about oversized loads coming through the crowded streets of Jim Thorpe. Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, checked with PennDOT about future notification of wide loads and offering assistance with traffic controls.

"The state police escort the wide loads through Jim Thorpe. They are 100 percent in charge of the wide loads. It is not the Jim Thorpe police responsibility to direct traffic," stated Mayor Michael Sofranko.

However, the state police may ask the borough for assistance in maintaining the traffic.

Sofranko also stated that, "The state police are not required to notify the borough of a wide load."

If the borough wishes to be notified the borough council must write up a resolution to be notified at least 24 hours before the arrival of wide loads.

Sofranko explained that if the borough has early notification a message can be put out through Jim Thorpe's one call dialer system. This would let the people know of a wide load ahead of time.

"That doesn't help everyone else coming through Jim Thorpe but it will help people going to work," said Sofranko.

Enough people could plan different routes and help defray from the heavy traffic caused by a wide load going through town, he added.

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