Officials look to reduce speeding
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Staff Writer

PITTSGROVE TWP. Committee members are continuing to look into how the township can reduce speeding on Henry Avenue.

Resident Edward Morris, who lives on Henry Avenue, has previously addressed the committee several times about a speeding problem on the roadway.

As a result, the committee contacted the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and requested a traffic study be conducted to possibly lower the speed limit along the road.

The NJDOT responded that it doesn't have the money in its budget and said the earliest it could conduct a study on the road would be in 12 to 14 months, according to the committee.

In the meantime, the NJDOT recommended the township conduct its own test on the road in conjunction with township engineers.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Ridgway said the county recently placed speed monitors on the road to gauge how fast cars were going and to try to curb excessive speeding.

"There was quite a bit of speeding traffic and they were not deterred by the speed monitors," Ridgway said.

Recently, State Trooper Jamell Rosario told the committee that the speed limit along the road would have to be changed by statute and that it typically takes 12 to 18 months to finalize that process.

There are no speed limit signs for a long stretch along the road, according to officials, which makes enforcing the speed limit difficult.

Rosario said traveling faster than 40 miles per hour along that road would be pushing it and encouraged residents to contact state police if there is trouble along the road.

Ridgway said the committee will talk with township engineers at Sickles and Associates about conducting a speed study.

"We'll review (the proposal) with committee and come up with a recommendation," Ridgway said.

In other news, Pittsgrove received a $11,752.13 Clean Communities Grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), according to Mayor Peter Voros.

"This is a good thing for Pittsgrove," Voros said. "We've earned it."

The township received the grant for keeping roadways and other areas of the township clean and also for its recycling record.

A portion of the money will go to township schools to help educate students about the environment, according to Voros.

"We hope to educate students on recycling and get them involved in the community," Voros said.

In other township business:

The committee unanimously passed a resolution that will allow the Pittsgrove Environmental Commission to receive donations.

Resident Jack Palumbo, who recently moved into a new home in the township, sent a letter to the committee asking members to help with his cable service. In the letter, Palumbo wrote he is not eligible to receive Comcast Cable at his home and that said Comcast wants to charge him $14,000 to run cables to his home.

"We'll look into that and see what we can do," Ridgway said.

The committee applied for several state grants for various township projects including making upgrades to the Landis Avenue Redevelopment Zone, the senior center and for renovations to the municipal building.