Prospect Street Parking, Grove Avenue Traffic Get Attention at Borough Council meeting

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Residents came out in force to the Borough Council meeting last week and started some action on a parking and a traffic situation that affect many community families. Who said there wasn't strength in numbers, especially vocal ones?

Businesses on Prospect Street do not have enough parking space on their properties to help keep people from parking in the Metuchen Gardens area, in spots designated for residents, a situation that was addressed during discussion of Ordinance 2009-4. The heated debate that followed, by both residents and business owners, caused the ordinance, which would create a parking by permit zone 155 feet south of Essex Avenue to High Street Monday through Fridays from 6 AM to 8 PM and Saturdays from 6 AM to 12 PM, to be tabled until a Public Hearing could be held to reorganize the specifics of this ordinance.

Then residents at 81 Grove Avenue, prompted by a conversation begun here on Metuchen Matters, asked the Council what could be done about the pedestrian safety issues caused by heavy traffic at Grove and Oakland, near the park, as well at Henry Street, where commuters are waiting for the Jitney. Solutions offered on this site, including changing the speed limit there from 35 to 25 and putting in speed bumps were mentioned.

Councilman Manley agreed, mentioning that pedestrian signs have been knocked down in car accidents recently. Grove Avenue is a County road--Councilman Dyas lives on Grove and thinks there should be a light at this intersection. This somewhat costly measure was discussed years ago by the Traffic & Transportation committee when they tried to change the speed limit--however, because Grove connects two county roads (Woodbridge and Grove are both ownd by the county), the county said no. The Council agreed that they should take a further look at it. Dyas proclaimed, "A four way stop would be great. It's too dangerous over there."

Four way intersections, like the one near Olmezer Park, have helped other difficult traffic situations in town. State ordinances require that municipalities first acknowledge that an intersection causes a direct danger to residents and that altering the traffic flow would fix that dangerous situation and ensure easier traverse for pedestrians and cars both.
 
The Mayor suggested turning this over to the police chief and the traffic office. Vahalla offered that enhanced speed limit enforcement would be enacted as quickly as possible. The four-way stop will be considered as well. However, the Council agreed that it would need state approval. They will be looking into it and this will go up on a Council agenda in the near future. Any motion on this action will be recorded here as soon as it is made public.

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Edison is a township, Metuchen is a borough. The Brainy Township just doesn't have the same ring to it, now does it?

We spoke to the Department of Transportation and Grove Avenue in Metuchen is indeed a township road, not a county road.

Not so long ago I fractured my toe because a person wouldn't stop and I tripped trying to get to the sidewalk. I am 100% in support of a 4 way stop and 25 MPH.

Luckily I am ok but could have been worst. I know avoid as much as possible that crossing that intersection.

Here's a strange document from the state DOT called a straight line diagram. It lists Grove Ave as a municipal road.

http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/sldiag/12102054__-.pdf

Amboy, Woodbridge, Central, Main, Plainfield, New Durham, and the portion of Middlesex that connects 27 and New Durham are the county roads in Metuchen.

Amazingly, they are just being nice! According to the county road department, if the plow is traveling between one county road and another, they keep the plows down. So if they are going from Amboy to Oak Tree using Grove, they will plow Grove, even though Grove is not a county road.

While Grove maybe a town road--county vehicles do salt and plow the whole road. So I can see why residents get confused. Why? I don't know maybe they are just being nice. I see them all the time doing it. Usually, they are the ones burying my walk way in snow after I plow and not the Boro crews. As to fixing the problem on Grove. I agree drop to 25 and go 4 way stop at Oakland/Henry and stripe the heck out of the walkways. Flashers have no value and I agree with Rich Dyas. My experience tells me that if the county says no to a light do not wait for them to say yes. It takes in many cases and it usually takes someone getting killed to do it. I have personal experience in that area.

Oakland runs directly into a county park - may be that is why the county was involved in the past?

It is a common misconception that Grove is a county road, but it's not.

Isn't Grove Avenue a town road that happens to connect two county roads?


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