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SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in Local News

Township roads make most congested list

If you think roads and streets in Salisbury Township are congested, you’re not alone.

Four thoroughfares in Salisbury Township are in the Top 25 on a list of the Top 45 most congested roads and streets, which are expected to continue to be so during the next two decades.

Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles mentioned the list in his report to the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners at the Dec. 14 meeting.

The list is based on a report by Lehigh Valley Planning Commission as part of its Congestion Management Process.

On the list and in the order of their ranking, Stiles said, are:

23. Broadway-East Emmaus Avenue: From Church Road to Delaware Avenue, from Salisbury Township into Fountain Hill borough.

20. Route 145-South Fourth Street-Pike Avenue: From Auburn Street in the City of Allentown to Vera Cruz Road in Upper Saucon Township.

19. West Emmaus Avenue: From East Harrison Street in Emmaus Borough to Cypress Avenue in Salisbury Township.

18. Cedar Crest Boulevard-Route 29: From Fish Hatchery Road in Salisbury Township to Little Lehigh Drive on the Lower Macungie Township and Emmaus borough line.

The report forecasts what are expected to be the most congested roads and streets through the year 2040. The report is based on demographic projections and traffic improvements in the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Transportation Improvement Plan and Long-Range Plan.

“A lot of them are congested now,” Stiles said. “A lot of them are under PennDOT [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation] jurisdiction.” These thoroughfares in the township are state-maintained highways.

Also in Stiles’ report:

- The next “Coffee with a Cop” is 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 21, Starbucks, South Mall.

- Discussions continue with Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich on reconvening the township civil service commission to draw up a list of eligible candidates to fill a township police department vacancy and a police department new officer position. Stiles said he wants to wait until the 2018 township budget is approved.

- “Local government is the best form of government. I see government working every day,” Stiles said, a policeman for 45 years, 22 of those in Salisbury. “I’m not running for anything,” Stiles added.

In other business at the Dec. 14 meeting, discussion of the 2018 township budget was the only item on the workshop agenda.

“The consensus of the board is that the budget is good and we’ll vote on it at the next meeting,” township board of commissioners President James A. Brown said.

Township commissioners next meet 7 p.m. Dec. 28 in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Avenue.

The board of commissioners reorganization meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 2, 2018.

At the Jan. 2, 2018 meeting, Rodney Conn, former vice chairman, Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board, and, more recently, a member of the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council, is expected to take the oath of office as newly-elected township commissioner, representing Ward 4, succeeding Brown, who didn’t seek re-election.