BELMAR, NJ — Slow down. That’s the message Belmar officials and residents alike want to convey to motorists now that multiway stop signs are being placed at key intersections on the beach side of town.
With the borough council’s final approval of an ordinance to install these stops signs, public works employees were out on the streets beginning May 21, erecting the signs at these key intersections:
- First Avenue at River Road
- Seventh Avenue at South Lake Drive and D Street
- 10th Avenue at B and D Streets
- 11th Avenue at B and D Streets
- 13th Avenue at B and D Streets
- 12th Avenue and B and D Streets
- 14th Avenue at B and D Streets
- 15th Avenue at B and D Streets
- 16th Avenue at B and D Streets
- 17th Avenue at B Street
- 18th Avenue at B Street
- 19th Avenue at B Street
- 20th Avenue at North Boulevard
And with the placing of the signs, stop lines and the word, "Stop," are being painted in white on the roadways.
Establishing the multiway stops resulted from the borough council’s decision last October to keep its seasonal traffic pattern on the east side of town in place all year — with even-numbered streets south of 12th Avenue going one-way eastbound and odd-numbered streets going one-way westbound.
After making that decision, the governing body agreed to look into the placement of multiway stops at select intersections after a growing number of residents expressed concerns over speeding vehicles in front of their homes.
As part of the plan, the two traffic roundabouts on 10th Avenue at B and D Streets are also expected removed and replaced with four-way stops.
In the past several weeks, Monmouth County road workers modified the traffic light at 16th Avenue and Main Street, replaced signs and removed the center stripe on a portion of 16th Avenue, which is now entirely one-way eastbound from Main Street to Ocean Avenue.
Last fall, the Belmar council’s action to retain its one-way streets beyond the summer was prompted by a Monmouth County directive to keep county-owned 16th Avenue one way or eliminate parking from one side of that street from Main Street to Ocean Avenue because it did not comply with current state-mandated road widths for traffic flow and parked vehicles. Because all streets from 13th Avenue south are too narrow based on these standards, the council decided to address the entire traffic pattern issue.
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