Pennsylvania State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski held a meeting with local and state officials to address ongoing issues with commercial vehicles entering Giant’s Despair and causing issues.
The meeting was held on Tuesday, November 29th.
“Giants Despair is no place for large trucks — in fact it’s called Giants Despair because it’s a treacherous road for large vehicles,” Pashinski said. “Tractor trailers or trucks with excessive weight cannot safely traverse that roadway without danger to the driver and anyone nearby due to the extreme pitch and difficult twists and turns.”
“Today’s meeting was an important step toward finding a long-term solution before additional lives are lost or more damage is done to property.”
Pashinski described the meeting as “extremely productive” and said it included representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, the offices of state Sens. Marty Flynn and David Argall as well as key representatives from all three impacted communities: Laurel Run, Wilkes-Barre Township and Bear Creek Township.
Times Leader reports that possible solutions discussed included additional signage, converting the road to a one-way, alerting truck companies about road restrictions, updating GPS guidance systems, and several other unnamed proposals that will be investigated prior to the next meeting.
“Meetings like today’s are critical to ensuring that all of our local and state leaders can directly share their concerns with one another, propose solutions and work collaboratively to implement the best possible plan moving forward,” Pashinski said.