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Beltzville parking to be discussed

Franklin Township supervisors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss summer traffic issues at Beltzville State Park.

Last month, state Rep. Doyle Heffley requested a meeting at Beltzville State Park to discuss the traffic problems with the supervisors, township police Chief Jason Doll, and state park rangers.

Resident Stephen DeLello asked the board of supervisors at last month’s township meeting about the outcome from the meeting that had been requested by Heffley at Beltzville State Park.

Chairman Fred Kemmerer Jr. said it was more of an informative meeting about park procedures.

DeLello, who lives near Beltzville, asked the board what it would take to put up traffic signs.

It was noted signs have been put up, but DeLello said there’s “nothing there that’s enforced.”

Supervisors then agreed to hold a meeting this month to discuss the traffic at the park.

Contacted after last month’s meeting, Heffley said township supervisors, township police, DCNR rangers at the park, and state police attended the meeting at the state park.

Heffley said the biggest concern is what they can do for the traffic at Pohopoco Drive going into the park in the morning because traffic gets backed up while visitors wait at the gate.

Previously, the board held a workshop meeting in August to discuss the traffic situation at the park, where, traffic backs up on Pohopoco Road hours before it opens at 8 a.m.

Among those at that workshop were residents, representatives from Towamensing Township and the Franklin Township Fire Company, fire police and police department.

Officials had two ideas they think could alleviate some of the traffic problems: The first would be to open the park earlier on weekends. The second is instead of cars parking on Pohopoco Road before opening, cars park on the road in the park leading to parking lot B. That road is about 2,400 feet from Pohopoco to the parking lot.

There are no parking signs posted on Pohopoco Road, but they are usually ignored in Franklin and Towamensing townships.

Park rangers open the gates at Beltzville State Park last summer. The park quickly filled to capacity. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO