WESTFIELD, NJ — A dramatic crash in the 2nd Ward last month has caused the town to consider changing parking regulations on South Euclid Avenue, officials said.
Following the Dec. 12 crash, an engineer for Westfield recommended parking be prohibited on the northwest side of South Euclid Avenue for 75 feet north of its northwest curb line intersecting with Lenox Avenue, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said.
The intent is to improve line-of-sight at the intersection, officials said at Tuesday’s Town Council session during which the proposal was introduced.
The recommendation was among several to come through the coordination of the town’s public safety committee and its on-call traffic engineer, according to Gildea.
The engineer also recommended changes to the town’s code, which reflect the new design of a refurbished parking Lot 7, he said. The town has set a public hearing on the measure for Jan. 29, at which time its final approval is anticipated.
Also on Tuesday, the Town Council awarded a contract to NV5 Engineering, of Parsippany, for an on-call traffic safety and engineering services consultant.
“They come to every public safety committee meeting,” Gildea said. “We’re getting feedback from them at a professional level from things that they’re working on.”
The $17,000 payment to the contractor this year marks a rise from the $15,000 paid to that consultant in 2018, something Gildea said is the result of the planned implementation of a new slate of traffic safety initiatives being called “The Year of the Pedestrian.”
Mayor Shelley Brindle had announced the pedestrian safety initiative in her state-of-the-town address earlier this month.
It is planned to help to decrease congestion and improve walkability by fixing sidewalks, increasing traffic enforcement, implementing more pedestrian safety improvements and testing out urban transportation methods, called “micro-transit,” Brindle said.
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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the crash occurred in the 2nd Ward.