Residents along Newport Gap Pike blame tractor-trailers that regularly rumble past their homes for sleepless nights to broken windows to potholes.
The local truck-traffic dispute that last year pitted neighborhoods in the suburbs west of Wilmington against each another – and caused political ramifications statewide – still has not been settled.
Mary Ann Summers, the Newport Gap Pike tractor-trailer foe, is holding a meeting with state officials on Monday, the latest in her yearslong fight to reduce the daily rumble of heavy trucks rolling past her 19th-century home along a narrow Del. 41.
Summers and other residents who live along the highway near Brandywine Springs Park are demanding that the state more strictly regulates tractor-trailers, particularly trucks that measure longer than 60 feet.
Summers fears the noise and vibrations from trucks will grow worse in coming years as plans materialize for a new container port in either Edgemoor or New Castle. State officials currently are looking for a private developer to build the new port.
“I don’t necessarily believe that we should all sit and wait until (more) of these trucks come flying down this road,” Summers said.
Summer’s segment of Del. 41, long a preferred Wilmington-to-Lancaster, Pennsylvania, connector for truckers, is also lined with middle-class houses situated, in some cases, fewer than 20 feet from the roadway. Her advocacy during the…
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