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Residents: Not as much truck noise on Coseytown Road

August 22, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- After months of dealing with truck traffic, dust and noise along Coseytown Road, residents say they are starting to see improvement in their quality of life.

"I have not heard nearly as many trucks today," said Peggy Martin, a resident of Coseytown Road. "Something has changed."

Contractor Charles E. Brake Co. Inc. of St. Thomas, Pa., has been using the road since the spring to access a home where the Army Corps of Engineers has permitted fill to be dumped.

The fill is being used to make a backyard at the home of Dorothy Emmons at 4801 Coseytown Road. The 2.9-acre property, which Emmons purchased in 2003, includes a ravine running through the center of her property that she estimated to be at least 50 feet deep and 100 feet wide.

Since the project began, Martin has kept track of the amount of trucks traveling the street and the volume of noise generated when they dump the fill.

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The noise has been unbearable, she said.

"I have been a prisoner in my own home for months," she said. "Today was the first day I have not been holed up in my bedroom to escape the noise."

Sitting in her kitchen Aug. 14, Martin said while the trucks continued to dump, the noise was noticeably reduced.

"I still hear the rocks sliding out of the trucks," she said. "It's like nails on a chalkboard, but I guess there is not much they can do about that."

Martin is not the only resident who took issue with the volume of trucks traveling the road.

About 25 of her neighbors have approached the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors to complain about the project.

Alleging the constant traffic is destroying the road and generating noise pollution that one resident said was similar to the Korean War, residents asked the board to intervene and "do something."

Township Solicitor John Lisko said there is little the township can do to affect the project outside of imposing a weight-limit restriction for vehicles traveling on the road.

Still, Charles Shahan, another Coseytown Road resident, asked the township to hold the Charles E. Brake Co. responsible for damage to the road.

Antrim Township officials met with company representatives last week to discuss the project, while township road crews continued patching the road.

Randall Brake, owner of Charles E. Brake Co., said he has asked all of his drivers to be extra courteous and sensitive when dumping at the site.

The company follows a good neighbor policy, Brake said, but occasionally, employees need to be reminded that what sounds normal to them is disturbing to neighbors.

While there is little the township can do, the little it has done has made a difference, Martin said.

"Whatever they did, it's starting to work," she said. "I still hear them (trucks), though not as loud as I used to."

Township Roadmaster Paul Minnich said the township is considering completely rebuilding Coseytown Road in 2010 to repair the road damage. No decision has been made.

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