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Traffic Calming Measures Planned for Union Avenue in New Providence; Brighter Lights throughout the Borough

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Last month a Union Avenue couple came to the council meeting to voice their concerns regarding traffic safety at the Union Avenue and Kline Boulevard intersection. The Borough Council discussed a few options to “calm” the traffic on that dangerous bend at its Monday, Feb. 12 meeting.

The residents had suggested that warning arrows could alert drivers of the curve on the road. Mayor Al Morgan and the members of the council agreed that the arrows are a good first option and the borough has “no problem” placing the reflective warning signage.

Morgan pondered if an island would help to ease the traffic flow as well. He noted that an island would be a more costly option. “I don’t mind spending money on public safety,” he stated. Councilman Michael Gennaro said that the island may actually cause more dangerous situations if motorists approach the island at higher speeds.

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Borough Administrator Doug Marvin noted that JCP&L is continuing its “swap” program and switching street light bulbs to LED bulbs at no cost to the municipality. The LED lights have recently been placed at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and South Street. The lighting is now “noticeably different, much cleaner whiter light,” he said.

The LED bulbs are also planned for the intersection of Union Avenue and Kline Boulevard along with other “more dangerous intersections” in town, Marvin said. These include the following intersections: Woodland Road and South Street; Springfield Avenue and Union Avenue; Springfield Avenue and Academy Street; Springfield Avenue and Livingston Avenue; Springfield Avenue and Maple Street, Springfield Avenue and Pittsford Way; as well as Springfield Avenue and Central Avenue.

Additionally, 13 street lights between Oakwood Drive and Division Avenue will also be upgraded.

Marvin also told the council about the TransOptions public safety campaign that will take place during the month of April. The project is funded by a State Highway Authority Grant. TransOptions will survey pedestrian safety before and after their month long outreach program. The organization has already met with Police Chief Anthony Buccelli as well as the Traffic Safety Officer.

TransOptions will not provide the borough with recommendations. Instead, the organization is concentrating its efforts on educational banners as well as information to schools, drivers and pedestrians. The goal of the campaign is to increase compliance with pedestrian safety law, Marvin said.

TransOptions will hold a press conference at 6:30 p.m. prior to the April 9 council meeting.

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