SUMMIT, NJ - The upcoming creation of a four-way stop at the intersection of Maple Street and Oakland Place -- recently approved by the Summit Common Council and scheduled for completion the week of July 16 -- will mark the fourth such traffic designation in the Hilltop City.
The Lawton C. Johnson Middle School-adjacent intersection joins four-way stops installed at Whittredge Road and Hobart Avenue and Essex Road and Whittredge Road intersections and at the intersection of Blackburn Road and Pine Grove Avenue.
According to the City of Summit, the installation of these four-way stops is "part of a comprehensive engineering effort to increase vehicle and pedestrian safety," Further, the City asks motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to be aware of the new traffic patterns and to drive, bike and walk safely around town.
The ordinance amending the Safety Code allows for five additional stop signs at intersections, including three that would become four-way stops. The affected intersections include: Whittridge Road / Hobart Avenue; Essex Road / Whittridge Road; Maple Street / Oakland Place; Lafayette Avenue / Madison Avenue; and Plymouth Road / Silver Lake Drive.
At the time the ordinance was approved, Councilwoman Marjorie Fox said “my heart is in my throat when I see kids crossing” referring to the Maple Street and Oakland Place intersection near the middle school.
Council President David Naidu noted that the increased measures reflect citizen input through the Master Plan process.