EAST ORANGE, NJ – Just in time for back to school, the Department of Public Works has completed a number of citywide projects aimed at reducing accidents and improving pedestrian passages in highly-traveled corridors and school zones.
Among the projects include:
· Installation of “Yield to Pedestrians” signs throughout the city
· Clearing of low hanging trees that block traffic signals and signs
· Painting crosswalks with a heavy concentration on those locations near schools and senior buildings
· Painting of curbs to prevent drivers from parking too close to corners
· Installation of devices to prevent or reduce the ability of motorists to make illegal turns in and out of commercial driveways
These projects will be ongoing for the duration of the year and also include working in collaboration with utility companies to repair trenches and clear hazards and overgrowth that hinder driver vision.
Accident data from the East Orange Police Department will also be used to determine which locations are accident-prone so that appropriate action, i.e. signage or striping, can be taken.
“Under the leadership of DPW Director Christopher Coke, we have identified long-time, problematic areas and are in the process of fixing them with permanent solutions,” said Mayor Lester E. Taylor III. “DPW is diligently working to ensure that pedestrians and motorists can travel safely throughout our city.”
This initiative coincides with the EOPD’s participation in the 2015 Statewide Impaired Driving Crackdown, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, which runs until Sept. 7th, and includes a strict traffic enforcement program to decrease motor vehicle accidents, deter speeding, and prevent distracting driving. Starting on August 28th, EOPD began conducting checkpoints throughout the city.
“DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE” signs also are being distributed in communities of each checkpoint location for display outside of homes.