PITTSTON TWP. — The Pittston Township Board of Supervisors heard multiple complaints during Monday night’s regular meeting regarding truck traffic on Oak Street.
The state road is heavily traveled as it connects the Pittston Bypass with a section of state Route 315 that offers access to Interstate 81, the Centrepointe Industrial Park and several businesses.
The majority of Oak Street runs uphill through a residential neighborhood, but a half-mile stretch just past the hill’s peak houses a number of distribution centers and warehouses.
The steep and winding nature of Oak Street has led to muliple incidents of public and private property damage when tractor trailers have careened off-road. Truck traffic is restricted to vehicles less than 53 feet and 20,000 pounds, but signs to this effect are often disregarded. Considerable traffic problems result when trucks beyond the legal limit find that they cannot pass through and are forced to turn around.
Oak Street resident Amy Esposito was backed up by multiple residents when she requested that more effective signage be installed and pleaded to increase police presence for traffic violations even if it meant employing additional officers.
Pittston Township currently has three full-time police officers and eight-part time officers. There is only one officer on duty from midnight through 8 a.m., at which point two officers patrol the municipality.
Township officials pointed to the potential regionalized police force that would encompass the township as well as Dupont and Jenkins as a possible long-term solution but also pledged to have officers step up concentration on Oak street.
The supervisors will also attempt to coordinate a meeting with officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation so that residents can speak to them directly.