Thursday, February 28, 2008
NJ DOT Rt 130 Pedestrian Improvement Recommendations
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The following is information John received from Sheree J. Davis, Bicycle & Pedestrian Manager, New Jersey DOT. John's e-mail started with;
"Hi EP Reporter, Sheree Davis NJ DOT State Bicycle and Pedestrian Manager sent me this email. The DOT and the County conducted a safety audit at the intersection 130 and Woodlane and made recommendations following the death of Maria Carrion who was struck by vehicles while crossing the street Valentine's Day."
"John: Just as an update to your concern about Route 130 and Levitt Parkway. Staff visited the site an have made recommendations for improvements. The recommendations are being forwarded to our Rapid Design Unit and once they are finished, the work will be done by our Region South Maintenance Crew. Recommendations include: moving the signal pole and the barrier back to make room for new crosswalk (across Rt 130), a new crosswalk on the Southeast and Southwest corners, count down pedestrian signals and signage.
Please know that our rapid design unit is very backed up, but we have the work in cue. No time frame can be given at this time.
Thanks again for your concern about this intersection and for bringing it to my attention.
Sheree J. Davis"
John is very much concerned about pedestrian and bike safety, and I am glad that he is on the case.
I just want to add that this past Sat. I was driving north on Rt. 130, and was stopped at the light at Levitt Parkway, when a car with PA tags made a U-turn as the light changed green. If a car was making a right turn from Woodlane, there would have been an accident. I think the running of lights and the illegal turns taking place on 130 are going to cause more serious accidents along this stretch of 130. The count down pedestrian signals are a great idea and we should have them at every location that presently have the old type.
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