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Residents Concerned About Safety Near Luzerne County Truck Stop
Jeannie Berger says she has heard all the talk before about making the Pilot Truck Stop on Route 93 a safer place. Berger says she will believe it when she sees it. She told this reporter, "This truck stop should never have been built here. There is just not enough room." Sugarloaf Township officials as well as State lawmakers are working with the owner of the Pilot Truck Stop to improve safety in the area near the facility. Those measures will include large signs that will alert truck drivers they are entering a residential area as well as road markings that will direct drivers to safe parking spots. Police Chief Josh Winters said, "We think the signs and road markings will help. We understand that these are over the road drivers who have no idea there are homes nearby. We will enforce the traffic laws such as speeding and illegal parking but we can't be here 24-7." Ricardo Santos runs a food truck near the truck stop and lives nearby and added, "I think the police should be here and watch out for speeders. I also think the community must work with the truckers and understand they have a job to do.". The manager of the Pilot Truck Stop says they want to be an good neighbor and are doing what they can to make the area near their facility safer.. State Lawmakers are trying to secure gaming grants that could be sued to widen Old Berwick Road which connects route 93 to dozens of homes near the truck stop.