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Neighbors concerned for safety with tractor trailers not following Menoher Blvd. detours

By Melanie Gillespie

JOHNSTOWN, Pa.

It's scheduled to be closed until October. A section of Menoher Boulevard in Johnstown is already detouring drivers, but neighbors are noticing tractor trailers are not following signs.

A neighbor living on Menoher Boulevard said she's seen a handful of 18-wheelers barrel up the street, not realizing signs and barriers are blocking the closure.

"Since the road closed, I have seen tractor trailers coming up this street, and then they have to back down which is a hazard, Susan Leftwich said.

Leftwich lives on Menoher Boulevard. She said on Wednesday, a seventh truck had to stick it in reverse to get back on the detour.

"In the first week the road was closed, I personally saw five, Leftwich said.

Leftwich said each time, it's putting everyone in jeopardy.

"Property, life, that's my biggest concern, Leftwich said.

6News talked to the driver of the truck. He said that he's not from the area and wasn't familiar with the detour. Despite the signs, he said he thought it was his only way out of town.

"I think that they're not paying attention. Maybe they're following their GPS. I have contacted PennDOT and I asked them to move the signs, Leftwich explained.

PennDOT told 6News it would send out inspectors Thursday to take a look at adding additional signage or message boards. However, it said it's summertime and construction should be expected.

However, Leftwich is bracing for the worst if changes dont come soon.

"My biggest fear is that a tractor trailer is going to back down, he's going to lose something, something will happen, he'll jack knife in this road and then that's it. He could lose his life. My daughter could be out there playing; anybodys daughter could be out there playing."

Leftwich said she did not notice the same issue last time Menoher Boulevard was shut down a few years ago.

She is hoping it can be fixed by the time the school year starts and busses start running their routes.

 
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