Neighbors say town broke its promise to fix oversized problem

By Matt Porter

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Town of Union passed a law establishing designated truck routes, but the implementation of the law has fallen flat.

When an 80,000 pound tractor trailer rumbles through Leo Skiba's neighborhood on Glendale Drive, he said his living room furniture shakes as the trucks pass by.

"This road is not engineered or ready for heavy commercial traffic like that, and it's becoming a real problem for us," Skiba said. "It's 24 hours, seven day a week."

In the fall of 2012, the Town of Union board voted to establish truck routes after Glendale resident Nancy Barba presented the problem to the board.

The town ordered signs for the new routes in October at a cost of $1,426.50.

"It's been a year and a half and they've done nothing," Barba said. "They ordered the signs and the signs sit."

Why the town couldn't go forward lies outside of its control.

The town needed approval from Broome County and the New York Department of Transportation to place signs on roads maintained by both entities.

The county granted approval, but the DOT did not.

The DOT said a low-clearance bridge on N. Nanticoke Avenue makes it impossible for some trucks to use the proposed route.

The DOT also completed a traffic study on Glendale Drive which they said did not show enough truck traffic to justify the move.

The DOT suggested adding speed bumps or other speed suppression options to slow truck traffic.

Town of Union officials chose not to speak on camera and referred questions to town attorney Kurt Schrader.

Schrader said slowing down Glendale Drive could push trucks to choose alternate routes.

"The question is can something be done that's fair to all the residents of the Town of Union that will satisfy residents who are expressing some concern about the truck traffic," Schrader said.

Schrader added that it was only a couple people who have pressed the town on truck routes.

"Nobody else has contacted me to complain that there is not enough being done about Glendale Drive," he said.

Glendale resident Leo Skiba said there's widespread concern.

"Everybody has acknowledged the fact that it is a potential problem," Skiba said. "What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for someone to get possibly hurt or killed before we do something?"

For now, Schrader, the town attorney, said the town is not planning to make any further moves to adjust traffic on Glendale Drive.

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