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February 6, 2014

No quieting trucks on Avenue G in Riverside

— RIVERSIDE — Despite requests from sleepless residents, Riverside cannot forbid the use of engine braking along Avenue G.

According to PennDOT, forbidding the engine brakes will make the road dangerous to truckers and other motorists.

Borough residents have been complaining about noise generated by truck engine retarders traveling into Riverside along that road.

“You hear them all the time. … It’s gotten to the point where something has to get done,” said Robert Bleiler, of 1115 Ave. G, during the public comment section of Riverside Borough Council’s Feb. 3 meeting.

Bleiler said it has been a problem for several years, since he moved into the Avenue G house. He generally is woken up at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. by the noise of the brakes, he said.

Police Chief Isaac Ramer spoke to PennDOT officials on the matter the next day, Tuesday. As Avenue G is a state road, it is PennDOT’s duty to enforce regulations along it.

The borough learned the incline of the road is steep enough that the state cannot outlaw the use of the retarders or they could be liable for injuries or damages, council president John Novak said.

The borough hopes to get in contact with truckers who use the route and ask them to be careful with their engine retarders when close to Riverside, Novak said.

Other residents have complained about the noise as well, said borough secretary Deb Bausch. Trucks with the brake retarders are present during daylight hours as well, but the noise is typically drowned out by that of other traffic, she said.

The trucks usually enter Riverside from Rush Township along Avenue G, said council member Caressa Compton.

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