Easton needs new hearth truck to maneuver tight streets

EASTON, Pa. – The Metropolis of Easton is trying to purchase a brand new hearth truck.

At Wednesday night time’s Metropolis Council assembly, which was held on the Easton Space Neighborhood Heart, council launched an ordinance budgeting $1.7 million {dollars} for a Pierce tiller truck, to be bought via Glick Fireplace Gear of Hatfield.

A tiller truck is jointed within the center and requires a second operator to steer its rear part. The design permits for a smaller turning radius than a normal ladder truck, which “will make it simpler to maneuver round our tight streets,” stated Mayor Sal Panto.

Panto stated there have been cases by which Easton’s firefighters have had hassle getting vehicles into areas the place they have been wanted due to slim streets and parked vehicles, together with a fireplace on Butler Road on the finish of final yr.

Although council expects to vote on the acquisition at its subsequent assembly, it would doubtless be effectively over a yr earlier than the truck is prepared for motion.

Northampton Road Bridge

Council additionally addressed the continued site visitors congestion brought on by building on the Northampton Road Bridge, additionally extra generally referred to as the “free bridge.”

Panto stated he had spoken with the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Fee and gave his approval for a plan to restrict the bridge to westbound site visitors till all three journey lanes can be found.

He stated the plan nonetheless requires the bridge fee to coordinate with each Pennsylvania and New Jersey departments of transportation, however the swap may very well be made in round two weeks.

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Whereas he acknowledged that the site visitors delays had been inconvenient and brought on a specific hardship for companies in downtown Phillipsburg, Panto stated sustaining the bridge is a necessity.

“Have a look at what occurred in Pittsburgh,” he stated, referring to a January incident by which a bridge collapsed whereas a metropolis bus and several other vehicles had been crossing.