Res­i­dent con­cerned with trucks on Wise Av­enue

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By CHAR­LENE MAYO cmayo@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Char_DEa­gle

Dun­dalk res­i­dent of 40 years, Louis Konopacki, says he is dis­pleased with the bridge at Wise Av­enue turn­ing into a truck route.

“The bridge was just re­built two or three years ago and now it’s start­ing to rat­tle again,” Konopacki ex­plained. “It’s driv­ing the neigh­bors crazy.”

Ac­cord­ing to Konopacki, he met with county po­lice to ad­dress what he sees as ex­ces­sive truck traf­fic on Wise Av­enue.

The po­lice stressed that trucks needed to cross the bridge to de­liv­ery prod­uct to gas sta­tions and others stores.

“We agreed that the truck traf­fic could come in to ser­vice the spe­cific stores,” Konopacki said.

“Now, trucks cross Wise Av­enue all the time. It used to be like two or three trucks a day, now it’s like ev­ery 15 min­utes” he noted.

Ac­cord­ing to Konopacki, the trucks are go­ing down the bridge to get to Grays Road.

“Trucks are start­ing to make a left hand turns off of Wise Av­enue,” Konopacki said.

“Wise Av­enue is be­com­ing a truck route, which it’s never sup­posed to have been,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Konopacki, po­lice can’t ticket trucks if they’re mak­ing a lo­cal de­liv­ery.

“Now they’re call­ing Grays Road a lo­cal de­liv­ery,” Konopacki said.

Konopacki says he is con­cerned that if the bridge needs re­pair, the tax­payer will be re­spon­si­ble for fund­ing it, not the truck driv­ers.

What the county needs to do is open up Grays Road in the back so truck driv­ers can get to Grays Road from North Point Boule­vard, Konopacki said.

“I’ve reached out to the County Coun­cil twice and haven’t heard back from them,” Konopacki said.

Ac­cord­ing to Doug Anderson, se­nior coun­cil as­sis­tant to Coun­cil­man Todd Cran­dell (R-7), the county has reached out to po­lice on at least two dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions to ask them to en­force the truck rule and, in fact, they have been do­ing so for a while.

“We con­firmed that via email from Cor­po­ral Cole at Precinct 12,” Anderson said.

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