Tuesday, July 23, 2024

New Vehicle Weight Restrictions for Hope Road and More

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Route 521, Hope Road, will be off limits to trucks over 13 tons except for local deliveries. Photo by Joe Phalon.

Trucks over 13 tons will be prohibited from Hope Road through Blairstown and Hope, as well as other country roads under new regulations adopted by the Warren County Board of Commissioners, December 13.

The new rules restrict truck traffic on County Route 521 in Blairstown and Hope and on sections of County Route 519 in Hope, White, Harmony and Lopatcong Townships. Vehicles heavier than 13 tons are permitted only if they are making local deliveries or transporting for local businesses, according to the commissioners.  

These restrictions have been reviewed or are in the process of review by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and can go into effect immediately.

The commissioners’ truck traffic resolution “is the latest piece in the puzzle of working to control the increased traffic coming in and out of the ports of New Jersey and going to and from the many warehouses that are popping up all over, mostly in Pennsylvania and areas outside of Warren County,” Commissioner Director Lori Ciesla said. “This resolution will also help us deal with any heavy weighted vehicles that are looking to use our one-lane county roads as an alternative to the state and federal highways they should be using.” 

Several North Warren municipalities have been jousting with developers in recent years over proposals for warehouses and distribution centers. In White Township, a 2 million-square-foot warehouse proposal was recently withdrawn after the state of New Jersey agreed to purchase the land to dedicate it as preserved farmland. 

A smaller warehouse proposal is currently before the land use board in Blairstown on Route 94 along the border with Knowlton. Because it is a state highway, the county board of commissioners lacks jurisdiction over Route 94. 

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.