CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Once the signs are in place, the loud rumble of tractor-trailer "Jake brakes" should be silenced in Chambersburg after the Borough Council this week unanimously approved an amendment to its noise ordinance that bans the use of the devices.
The council last year adopted the noise ordinance with the intention of amending it later to ban the engine retarding devices that, on large diesel motors, release compressed air in the cylinders, causing the engine to lose power and slow the truck.
To be able to amend the noise ordinance, the borough had to secure the permission of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to ban engine retarders on U.S. 30, U.S. 11, Pa. 997 and other state-controlled roads that pass through Chambersburg.
That permission was received last year, and the council voted last month to advertise the amendment.
The halls of academia at Wilson College will be more peaceful with the ban in place.