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Tree Falls on Route 29

PennDOT and Verizon crews cleared the scene.

Traffic was interrupted after a large tree fell across Route 29 in Charlestown this morning.

According to Patch reader Tim Griffiths, the tree fell near Union Hill Road. PennDOT and Verizon workers responded to clear scene, as did state police.

A PennDOT rep said she received an email at 11:28 a.m. indicating the road would be cleared in 30 minutes. She said PennDOT had to wait for Verizon to disentangle the tree from nearby utility wires before they could begin clearing it.

Bill N. July 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM
This is the section on Rt. 29 that really needs widening, if was even possible.
A mom July 30, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Bill the tree had nothing to do with the single lane bridge. The tree has been laying on the wires since Saturday. All it took was a tall truck to hit it. PECO had been called Saturday but said they wouldn't do anything because they are Verizon's wires.
Richard A Breuer July 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
If the tree was across the wires since Saturday, who are the public officials who did nothing about removing the tree or closing the road for public safety?
A Taxpayer July 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM
That single lane bridge should have been rebuilt when the other single lane bridge was replaced about 35 years ago.
SMH July 30, 2012 at 05:59 PM
We called 911 about this on Saturday too and they didn't seem concerned about it, until now!
. July 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Based on that pic, traffic must have been a mess. That they would leave that sitting all weekend and mess up people's drive to work is disgraceful.
Tim Griffiths July 30, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Take a ride down Rt. 29 from Pothouse Rd. to the S Turns past Union Hill and the GV Nature center. You can probably count at least 4 trees that have fallen over and are leaning on the wires. The fact that PECO and Verizon do nothing about it, not to mention public officials is a disgrace. They'll just wait until the next big storm comes along and knocks out power or phone service. Widening Rt 29 is not possible because of the geography with the big hills on one side and drops on the other (similar to the reason why the Schuykill Express is still only 4 lanes today). Also there are at least 5 houses positioned within a couple of feet of the road.
John Wesley Harding August 01, 2012 at 02:00 AM
this tree was sitting like this at least since Saturday afternoon.
MPorchik August 01, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Tim, Why should PECO clear a tree off of Verizon's wires? If they aren't on the power lines PECO is not responsible for clearing the tree.
Geoeray August 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Penndot is responsible for keeping the roads clear. If they have to coordinate between peco and verizon so be it. The State is responsible for keeping state roads clear. Contact your state Representative and State senator to let them know their roads are being ignored by their road crews. There is no excuse for the obstruction being there that long.
Greg Nesspor August 04, 2012 at 03:26 AM
There was a great chance to widen that bridge about 20 years ago when an unpermitted illegal wide load trailer hit it and knocked half of it in the stream ... at 2 am on a Saturday. Penndot was willing to do the widening then instead of simply fixing it but Charlestown officials nixed it in the name of "slowing traffic" and "ruining the historical aspect" of the bridge. They had plans to take out the ess turn above Hollow rd too and actually acquired the right of ways to do so but for the same reasons above it was never done.
Greg Nesspor August 04, 2012 at 03:29 AM
There was a time when whichever "utility" be it Penndot, Verizon, Comcast, whomever saw a problem tree or obstruction they'd simply remove it with no regard as to "whose" wires they happened to be. You can thank lawyers and an out of control afix the blame where ever a payday can be had mentality for the end of that.
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