Mike Rizzi was back at Hawley Council Wednesday evening Jan. 12 with comments about the “Road Closed” sign at the bottom of Welwood Avenue.

He reported that motorists have not ceased to ignore or miss the sign and head up the road, only to turn around at his property. Welwood has been closed to through-traffic since May 2010 to accommodate the Hawley Silk Mill project.

The sign is also too far out in the road, and the flashing lights on it no longer operate.


Mike Rizzi was back at Hawley Council Wednesday evening Jan. 12 with comments about the “Road Closed” sign at the bottom of Welwood Avenue.
He reported that motorists have not ceased to ignore or miss the sign and head up the road, only to turn around at his property. Welwood has been closed to through-traffic since May 2010 to accommodate the Hawley Silk Mill project.
The sign is also too far out in the road, and the flashing lights on it no longer operate.
Fire Chief Eugene E. Krause agreed, saying the Paupack Fuel truck barely got past the sign. “The sign’s not doing any good,” Krause remarked. “Car after car turn off Church and go up there like the LA Speedway.”
Council President Donald Kyzer offered to talk to Leeward Construction to move the sign away from the street. They have already been informed that the sign’s light is not working.
Police Chief Daniel Drake suggested making this a one-way street heading down; local people would still know they can drive up to a certain house, but that should stop attempted through-traffic. Removing the sign, Drake added, would only multiply the traffic heading up Welwood.
A lot of the traffic comes up from the direction of Route 590 and Lackawaxen Township.
Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall.