Pashinski hosts local leaders to discuss solutions to the commercial truck issue on Giants Despair in Laurel Run Borough

WILKES-BARRE, Nov. 29 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, hosted a meeting with local and state officials at his district office today to discuss the continued issues caused by commercial trucks driving on the road commonly known as Giants Despair in Laurel Run Borough.

“Giants Despair is no place for large trucks – in fact it’s called Giants Despair because it’s a treacherous road for large vehicles,” Pashinski said. “Tractor trailers or trucks with excessive weight cannot safely traverse that roadway without danger to the driver and anyone nearby due to the extreme pitch and difficult twists and turns. Today’s meeting was an important step toward finding a long-term solution before additional lives are lost or more damage is done to property.”

Pashinski said the meeting was extremely productive, with representatives in attendance from the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, state Sen. Marty Flynn’s office, state Sen. David Argall’s office, and key representatives from all three impacted communities.

During the meeting, Pashinski said officials discussed possible solutions, including additional signage, converting the road to a one-way, alerting truck companies about road restrictions, updating GPS guidance systems, and several other proposals that will be pursued before the next meeting. The appropriate solution will depend upon the continued cooperation and support from local and state officials and PennDOT.

“Meetings like today’s are critical to ensuring that all of our local and state leaders can directly share their concerns with one another, propose solutions and work collaboratively to implement the best possible plan moving forward,” Pashinski said. “I want to thank all of our local officials as well as the representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, and Senators Flynn and Argall’s offices for their participation and commitment to protecting the life and property of residents and motorists on Giants Despair.”