ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury should consider installing a flashing light in front of the fire station in Succasunna, says a member of the township council.
Roxbury Councilwoman Jaki Albrecht, who made the suggestion at a recent council meeting, said such a light would come in handy when members of Roxbury Chemical Engine Co. 1 and EMS need to pull equipment onto Main Street during times of heavy traffic.
She said the traffic situation near the fire house, which sometimes makes it difficult for the fire and first-aid teams to pull onto the street, is likely to get worse in the near future when Habitat for Humanity builds affordable housing units across from the fire station.
“That’s six more units,” Albrecht said. “That’s going to bring more cars on Main Street.”
She said a flashing light, one that would turn to red during fire or EMS calls, is needed particularly because westbound traffic on Main Street – passing behind Merry Heart Health Care Center – climbs a hill and comes upon the fire house quickly.
“Cars aren’t stopping (for fire and emergency vehicles leaving the station),” she said. “Coming up that hill, it’s kind of blind.”
Albrecht’s suggestion was met with general approval from her colleagues on the council. Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi said he is willing to conduct a traffic study, but he warned that installing such a light might be costly. “They are very expensive to install,” said the chief.
Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd, who said he will research the feasibility of Albrecht’s proposal, noted Main Street is a township road so installing a light would not be as expensive, and prone to red-tape, as it would be on a county or state thoroughfare.
“I think it’s a really good idea to do that study, especially since it (the Habitat for Humanity project) is across from the fire house,” said Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall. “I think it’s a great idea.”
Councilmen Bob DiFillippo and Dan Kline said the Roxbury Fire Department should be asked to weigh-in on the idea.“It’s their light, their issue,” Kline commented.
“I also think it’s our issue,” said Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley. “We also want to provide safety.”