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Saturday, May 25, 2024

No Overnight Parking at Tunnel Field, Truckers

Knowlton already has several sectioned truck stops and travel-related facilities within its borders, and now town officials want to keep spontaneous truck rest areas from popping up. An ordinance that will be up for approval later this month would forbid overnight parking at Tunnel Field. 

With numerous warehouses on the horizon throughout the area, issues about where trucks will wait to be unloaded or those that arrive hours before a warehouse opens will wait have drawn concern from township officials. 

Tunnel Field, the park and recreation area on Route 94, is less than two miles from where the land usboard of Blairstown recently approved a 78,000-square-foot warehouse. 

“This is in anticipation of the warehouse,” said Mayor Debra Shipps. 

The parking area of Tunnel Field offers a large, mostly unencumbered gravel parking field, which might prove tempting to a trucker looking to catch a few winks while waiting for a loading dock slot. Shipps said the concern was trucks parking there overnight or turning it into a staging area for the nearby warehouse. 

The warehouse approved in Blairstown can be divided into as many as nine individual businesses, each with its own loading dock. Residents and officials from Knowlton were concerned that there would not be enough room at the building to accommodate trucks that are waiting. Attorneys for the warehouse owner, Tritop Realty of Hackensack, said the staffs of the companies that might occupy the building would coordinate with truckers and dispatchers to avoid logjams, but people from Knowlton weren’t buying it.

The warehouse is awaiting approval from several state agencies and no construction timetable has been established. Tritop has not indicated any potential tenants for the facility. 

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.