BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The switch is flipped and the light at the intersection of Snyder and Locust avenues is officially on -- just in time for school to start.
This intersection has a history of congestion and foot traffic has increased over the years. In 2013, the owners of The Knotts Company and Micro-Mark, located on Snyder Avenue, addressed the council regarding the traffic issue at this intersection. They called it a "horrible intersection," reporting over 30 accidents over a five-year span.
The intersection has congestion in the morning and after school from Hughes School, Columbia Middle School, Wharton Music Center, YMCA [and Community Pool], and Snyder Avenue Park athletic fields.
Because of the redevelopment agreement negotiated on the behalf of the township, the cost of ordering and installing the light was on Woodcrest at Berkeley Heights, the developer of the 196-unit (of which 29 are affordable), 55+ community being built at 100 Locust Avenue.
This should be the solution to safely manage the traffic and pedestrians in this heavily traveled area.
However, drivers and cyclists are reminded to obey traffic laws and observe pedestrian crosswalks. School is in session, please be safe.