FANWOOD, NJ -- Three-way stop signs at Sheelen's Crossing and North Avenue went into effect on Monday, July 3rd.
Additionally, the borough has added to enhanced crosswalk markings, lane-reducing bump-outs and a speed limit reduced to 25 MPH that have been designed to make the intersection safer for pedestrians. Lighted signs also warn drivers on North Avenue that the new signs are in place.
"If you live in the northwestern quadrant of Fanwood and want to walk to the train station or to our downtown, there is no convenient place to cross safely," says Councilman Jack Molenaar. "This installation of stop signs and crosswalks creates that safe place."
"Many have asked why we would install stop signs, as there have not been any people hit by a car at that intersection," Molenaar, Senior Director at Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services, added. "To that question, the answer is also simple: a pedestrian fatality should not be what we wait for in order to make an intersection safe to cross."
Some are unconvinced that the stop signs are a good idea, however.
"I fear that the stop signs will cause car accidents, and generate a good amount of tickets," says Christine Waring Bumiller. "The police department didn't like this approach and advised against it."