LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The governing body will introduce at its next meeting, on Jan. 22, an ordinance that will reduce speed on Township roads to 25 miles per hour.
Mayor James Damiano said at the Jan. 8 meeting that the goal of reducing the speed limit throughout town is to promote safety, particularly around the local schools. The only streets that will be affected are Main Street, Stevens Avenue and Ridge Road. All other Township roads are already 25 miles per hour. An exception to this will be Turnberry Road and Canterbury Lane, which would remain at 15 miles per hour.
"Those roads are going to remain at the current speed, rather than increase the speeds," Damiano explained.
Main Street currently has a change of speed limits five times from 35 to 25 back and forth beginning from the top of Long Hill Road and on through the Singac section, Damiano said, and the township is looking for continuity, with an emphasis on safety.
"Safety is a concern because Schools No. 2 and 3 border with Main Street, and School No. 3 is just one block away, located on Stevens Avenue," he added. "A large portion of that, and really the intent here, is safety throughout the municipality by making it an even 25 miles per hour."
The Township first considered the proposal for a 25 miles per hour speed limit for the entire town last April, when Councilwoman Maria Martini Cordonnier said traffic and safety issues have arisen in the town due to varied speed limits.
"We realize that on roads to Main Street either way, it was like a ball of confusion," Cordonnier had said at that meeting, when she also chaired the transportation committee. "We had Chief Steven Post with us at a very lengthy transportation committee meeting and he gave us a lot of input and we determined that what we need to do is make the whole town 25 miles per hour."
According to Cordonnier, the Township was receiving regular complaints from residents that they were unable to cross Main Street in certain spots and were also having trouble making turns onto the road as well. She said at the time that she spoke with local and high school superintendents about the safety issue as well.
"The best thing to do is use flashing signs warning that children are present when school is open and you're suppose to go anywhere from 15 to 20 miles per hour," she previously said.
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