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Linglestown Gazette: Real-life story: Linglestown Truck-O-Rama

Friday, August 17, 2012

Real-life story: Linglestown Truck-O-Rama

Oh the things you see while working away on the porch at St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown.

A mini-drama of sorts unfolded before my eyes Thursday morning that points to a leftover item that needs to be addressed in the new and improved village that now sports two roundabouts.

It all started with a trucker moseying his 18-wheeler past the coffee house. I got a look at the burly dude and he was obviously trying to sort something out as he crept closer and closer to the square's roundabout that, by the way, is not designed for monstrous trucks.

Thankfully, he navigated the roundabout without ripping out plants or running over curbs.

Then the fun began ...

The trucker got turned around somewhere and made a second voyage through the square. It turns out that he was trying to offload several huge bags of coffee beans at Roasters.

Roasters owner Java Geoff ran across the street to strategize with the trucker. They decided to park the rig along Linglestown Road directly across from the shop and try to get the deed done without causing traffic to backup.

As is the usual case, some muscular men – that's not me – sprung into action. They dodged traffic to get to the truck, took on bone-crushing heavy bags of beans and carted them into the shop at break-neck pace.

In the midst of this flurry of action to guarantee an ongoing flow of our favorite craft coffees, who shows up but one of Lower Paxton's finest. The officer put on this emergency lights, sounded his siren, pulled his car in front on oncoming traffic and began policing.

After a quick assessment of the situation, he threatened to give the trucker a big fine for being in a no-trucker zone and told him to immediately move his rig to allow a growing line of traffic to move through the square.

Our trucker friend – remember he's delivering our supply of caffeine – was frustrated because he was merely trying to make a local delivery. That's his job, right?

Geoff and the posse of customers quickly lugged the last bag across the street, the trucker handed Geoff a bill and went on his way with the cop on his tail.

Fortunately, the officer decided against issuing a ticket, but this tale points to the need for Lower Paxton Township and PennDOT to address the heavy truck traffic that continues to flow through Linglestown.

I'll have more on this later, but in the meantime please weigh in on this issue by leaving comments on this post.

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At 8:20 AM, Blogger Polly Murphy said...

I really enjoyed reading this, what a great article!
Brings up a good point, what does a merchant do when they are located in a "no truck" zone? If you can't get the merchandise you can't make the sale.
Love that Geoff's customers jumped in and helped unload the truck-only in a small town like Linglestown-Smal lVillage, Big Heart!

 
At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had several conversations with LP Police regarding the truck traffic. We have had many situations where trucks have driven through the church parking lot and damaged landscaping, not to mention the trucks being too heavy for the lot. LP is making recommendations to PENNDOT to alleviate the truck traffic through town.

 
At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having lived in the center of the round-about construction, I saw firsthand that there was not a lot of forethought put into this project.. For instance, I and my children were literally trapped on our property for an entire day because the township chose to dig a 3 foot trench in the alley behind my house at the same time they were installing the "brick" sidewalks out front, which were covered with some sort of wet substance that we could not walk upon.. We could not leave from the front. We could not leave from the back. And we were given NO warning about the situation. This was only one example of the lack of planning that I witnessed; a lack of planning that caused countless and varying inconveniences for those of us living on this stretch of Linglestown Road… Whenever complaints were submitted to George Wolfe, Township Manager, he was either unaware of the many issues, and/or had a very callous attitude towards the entire situation… The day we were trapped, I insisted on speaking to him directly, whereupon he admitted that he hadn’t even been down here to the sight to get an understanding of exactly what was going on with the project… His response regarding our imprisonment on our property was “deal with it”… Literally, that is what he said… With that said, once again it clearly shows that they put no thought into how local businesses were supposed to receive their big deliveries when they designed this new setup.. Seeing how the township operates, I’m fairly certain this is a problem that will not be rectified anytime soon.

 
At 3:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see hwo there could be a lack of forethought put into the project. It wasn't something that simply popped up over night.

I suspect that perhaps if Mr. Wolfe was ultimately telling you to just "deal with it," perhaps there were warnings and notices that you weren't aware of. Perhaps you were the one harrasing Mr. Wolfe if he seemed callous in response to you.

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a lack of forethought regarding how the project would affect/impact those living and working on this strip... As I stated, we were given no forewarning... There were multiple instances of us being hugely inconvenienced without ANY forewarning.. I don't find requesting a township manager to provide us with some sort of explanation of alternate course of action when being LITERALLY trapped on our own property with two small children with NO WARNING to be "harrasing".

 

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