Robert J. Cox
BARRY ISETT & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Almost everywhere, people seem to say that ‘Smart Growth’ should put new developments anywhere but in ‘their’ backyard, and new traffic anywhere but on ‘their’ streets – or so it often seems.
The LVPC has been looking at the impacts of buildings and traffic from newly built or proposed developments, and recommends strategies and actions for reducing congestion. Their website has a link for the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study – implemented to proactively address issues tied to congestion management and Smart Growth, and to assist with State and Federal funding of priorities. The Transportation Study has been recently merged with their Comprehensive Plan for the region – which addresses preservation of farm- land, natural features, redevelopment of old industrial sites, more park and recreation facilities, and transportation systems.
Compounding the problems, in 2018 Pennsylvania passed a new law allowing tractor trailer access to a significant amount of local roads. Designed to bring Pennsylvania’s truck related laws more in line with National requirements, it poses new challenges to agencies trying to keep heavy truck traffic confined to the more highly traveled State Routes or corridors. What can we do? How can we help? If you truly care about our quality of life, including our wonderfully vibrant economy, don’t just show up at a public hearing and complain – that’s too late. Get involved, join something, start at a committee level and be active, then run for local offices – be a part of the solution. You will enjoy the ride much more.