CHATHAM, NJ - Council member James Collander said that a message traffic sign on Route 24 West is having a positive impact on the Main Street traffic in Chatham, according to his traffic safety report Monday at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting.

"We believe, looking at the past and these numbers, it indicates the sign is having an effect in causing fewer vehicles to travel on Main Street," Collander said.

The sign, located near where Route 24 and Route 78 split in Millburn, informs drivers of the amount of time in travel it will take to reach Route 287. That information, according to Chatham's Traffic Safety Officer, Roy George, has reduced the traffic numbers by an average of 1,394 cars per day and 9,758 fewer cars per week.

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"The sign tells people exactly how long it's going to be before they get to 287," Collander said. "So on average, it's keeping people on 24 rather than turning onto Main Street."

The Chatham Borough Police place radar on the East end of Main Street throughout the year for six or seven days at a time and track the volume of cars per day and weekly. 

From May 1 through May 7 of 2017, before the message sign was up on Route 24, the average daily volume (one direction) was 6,247 cars or 12,494 cars per day. The total volume for that week was 33,925 cars.

In other business, the council unanimously adopted its 2018 Municipal Budget, with total general appropriations of $14,514,351 ... the council also awarded a $395,502 contract to Field Turf USA for the resurfacing of Lum Field.