HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Early morning motorists traversing Fairmount Avenue in Hackensack heading southbound en route to Grand Avenue must plan a new course.  

Beginning now until January 15, 2020, left turns from westbound Fairmount Avenue onto southbound Grand Avenue are prohibited between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Monday through Friday while children are being dropped off at Fairmount Elementary School. 

This temporary traffic regulation -- the resolution for which the city council swept unanimously during their October 15 meeting -- aims to alleviate congestion near the school given the high volume of traffic present when parents and caregivers drop children off, this according to the Fairmount School Administration and confirmed by the Hackensack Police Traffic Bureau. The goal of the 90-day regulation is to “restore the smooth flow of traffic and enhance safety for children” given the “gridlock-type situation” that is created near the school at that hour, the city attorney said.

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“It has been observed that vehicles making a left-hand turn from westbound Fairmount Avenue onto southbound Grand Avenue are entering the school drop-off zone and blocking the roadway and/or crosswalk while trying to pass through the area,” the resolution states.

While this traffic regulation will end in three months, the city council will determine to make this temporary ban permanent at a later date.