MILLBURN, NJ - At Tuesday's Millburn Township Committee meeting, Mayor Diane Thall-Eglow read the first monthly summary during her committee report from the Pedestrian And Circulation Traffic Safety Committee (PACTS), an ad-hoc committee designed to look at areas of need in traffic and safety.
"We identified several target areas that cause the most distress and congestion in and around downtown," Thall-Eglow said. "This group will continue to look at these top targets and categorize them into three buckets."
According to Thall-Eglow, the first bucket will consist of "quick hit" fixes, like paint and signage, that are low-cost with little or no construction. The second bucket would be more moderate changes, that may require more time and funding than the previous category.
The third and final bucket would be more long-term changes that would require the most time, capital investment and possible disruption to commuters and pedestrians.
During her report, Thall-Eglow gave examples of each type of classification. The first example that she described was PACTS looking to create a designated right turn lane on Millburn Avenue on to Spring Street. A moderate change that Thall-Eglow used as an example would be the large bump-out on the corner across from Bluemercury.
The committee would look to remove the bump-out as a way to ease traffic flow. A moderate-to long-term fix listed by Thall-Eglow at the meeting was fixing the parking lots around the Municipal Building near the Dunkin Donuts. As far as a long-term solution, Thall-Eglow mentioned the Millburn Train station and said PACTS would look at areas regarding pickup and traffic flow.
Thall-Eglow concluded her report by saying PACTS will continue to work towards traffic solutions.