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Route 64 speed concern
CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. -- A deadly crash Thursday night in Spring Township, Centre County reinforces some residents concerns that the stretch of road is unsafe.
Our reporter uncovered that a company along East College Avenue at the site of the crash petitioned to PennDot just last month to reduce the speed limit in that area. That request was denied.
There is no denying that this is a busy road. PennDot says about 6,500 vehicles drive on it every day, with 10 percent of those being big-rigs.
The signs along the 600 block warn drivers that there is heavy truck traffic in the area.Its something that Martin Turecky, the Graymont plant manager is well aware of. "We get a lot of truck traffic and a lot of supplies delivered so its a very busy part of the road."
In fact, PennDot says up to 1,000 trucks may be driving this stretch on any given day, that's why Turecky says they asked Spring Township to petition PennDot in September to lower the speed limit in front of their entrance from 55 to 45 mph.It was a request that PennDot denied, saying a speed study and history of crashes in that area didn't meet the requirements. It was disappointing news for Turecky. "Just the amount of traffic should award the change."
Thursday night, 65-year-old Donald Trulick died in a crash along Route 64 in the same exact area that Graymont requested the speed reduction when he collided with a tractor-trailer. This 55 mph stretch is sandwiched between 45 zones, and although police don't believe speed was a factor in this crash, residents feel that the road is unsafe and want the speed lowered.