EATONTOWN: A fix is in the works for a troublesome borough intersection.
A new signalized crosswalk will be put in place at the intersection of Wyckoff Road and Pine Street. Wyckoff Road is one the busiest roads in the borough and Pine Street is a residential road that runs between Wyckoff and Reynolds Drive. The intersection is also a school crossing area in the area of Meadowbrook School.
Borough Administrator George Jackson said he and Borough Engineer Ed Herrman met with County Engineer Joe Ettore this week to discuss possible solutions. The two sides agreed that the best way to improve safety at the intersection is to install a rectangular rapid-flashing beacon. Jackson described it as a miniature light bar with two white strobes that can be activated by a pedestrian that will be installed on both sides of the crosswalk so that drivers can see it from both directions.
New pedestrian crossing traffic signs would also be installed and the ramps and curbing would have to be brought up to ADA requirements.
"There would be a sizable investment by the borough on both sides of the roadway to upgrade the curbing as well as the sidewalks and any ADA-compliant ramps," Jackson said.
Eatontown would be responsible for purchasing and installing the devices and the county would assume responsibility for their continued maintenance and upkeep.
Jackson said the borough CFO told him the borough could use funds from "old bond ordinances" to help pay for the improvements. He said the borough could get help from "another entity in the area," but did not wish to disclose the source at this time.
Mayor Dennis Connelly said the improvements are a necessity.
"This has been an ongoing problem and definitely a safety issue that's come up on numerous occasions," Connelly said. "I think this will be a great step in the right direction. It's not just a problem during school hours, this is an area that gets utilized every day in the borough by the neighborhood and people that are just walking near the school to take leisurely walks."
Jackson said that it "may be a little ambitious" but that it is possible that the work could be done before the start of the 2017-18 school year.