On April 2, 2018, the Somerville Borough Council passed a resolution inviting the new director of New Jersey’s DMV to visit the Somerville DMV location and surrounding neighborhood. The goal is to show state officials the safety and parking impacts the facility has created on Roosevelt Place and Schoolhouse Lane.
Once only a portion of the main building, the DMV has expanded over the years. The closures of nearby DMV offices have drawn more people to the Roosevelt Place location. This has caused parking and safety issues in the surrounding neighborhoods, with overflow parking spilling over to nearby streets.
The Borough Council passed ordinances restricting parking on Roosevelt and making Schoolhouse Lane a resident only parking zone. However, this has not solved the problem of visitors coming to the DMV parking in residential neighborhoods. Visitors still park illegally in these areas, and dozens of tickets have been issued by our hard working law enforcement officials.
This has been a real problem for years, not only for parking reasons, but also for safety concerns. I grew up on Schoolhouse Lane and my parents still live there, and am well acquainted with these safety issues.
I have been over my parents’ house on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings, when it is the worst. I have seen two former neighbors almost get hit by a car looking for a spot to park. I have seen a former neighbor’s car get bumped while someone was illegally making a u-turn in their driveway.
Recently a new committee was formed specifically for traffic safety. These issues must be studied carefully by the committee, and it is my hope that, along with the work of the Borough Council, we can work with state officials to find a solution to these safety concerns.
Councilman Fred Wied V