The Township Committee, Police Department, and Administrator have received some concerns from Hopewell Township residents regarding the presence of overweight trucks on Route 579, and we want to let you know we understand your worries and are addressing them.
Police Chief Rosso says it is not uncommon for trucks to travel on roads with weight restrictions, and the Police department does not take it lightly. The police department has increased enforcement patrols, diligently patrolling County Route 579, to remind drivers operating trucks over 4 tons of the weight limit and have issued summonses where appropriate for those not making local deliveries.
The police department is collaborating with the Township Community Development Department, Township Administration, local businesses, and the state and county to mitigate the overuse of County Route 579 by trucks over 4 tons. They are looking into increasing the signage and design of signs for use in multiple locations to increase the visibility of the weight restrictions. They are also speaking with local businesses, asking them to remind their drivers of the weight limits. And they are reporting the weight restrictions on County Route 579 in Hopewell Township to multiple mapping services, as the most common explanation heard from drivers is that they were following GPS.
As we move forward to accomplish these mitigation steps, please know that the police department is committed to patrolling and enforcing the 4-ton weight restriction on County Route 579.