UPDATE: At 7:15 p.m. Lower Saucon Township Police reported that Easton Road had reopened.
A truck driver pulling a Walmart trailer got more than he bargained for Tuesday afternoon, as he attempted to make a right turn from Ringhoffer Road onto Easton Road in Lower Saucon Township, striking the bridge that spans a branch of the Saucon Creek at that intersection.
In a traffic advisory issued via their Nixle alert system and Facebook, township police warned motorists that the road is blocked in that area and that a heavy duty tow truck is responding to attempt to extricate the massive vehicle from its position halfway on the green metal bridge.
Truck traffic has been utilizing Ringhoffer Road as part of a detour around a section of Easton Road that is closed until Sept. 2, as part of a PennDOT drainage pipe replacement project.
With the recent and ongoing construction of large warehouses along the north side of Easton Road between Ringhoffer Road and Cherry Lane, tractor-trailer traffic in the area has been on the rise in 2019.
The warehouses are part of Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, which is located in the City of Bethlehem.
Easton Road is the dividing line in that area between the city and the township.