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Police Director Suggests Stop Sign

Hightstown residents may see a three-way stop sign behind Walter C. Black Elementary School.

Hightstown Police Director James Le Tellier recommended Tuesday at the Hightstown Borough Council Meeting that Morrison Avenue and Harron Avenue become a three-way stop intersection.

The police department monitored the intersection, located behind , for a little over a week beginning August 13, after which point Le Tellier concluded the intersection was too busy an area to be left as is.

Using a Jamar Radar recorder, police evaluated 21,209 vehicles that crossed the intersection during the assessment period. With the posted speed limit set at 25 MPH, 16,212 vehicles exceeded the limit by 1 MPH or more.

Le Tellier noted that the area is residential and within a school zone, with a number of parents, teachers, students, and pedestrians traversing the intersection many months of the year.

“I’m concerned frankly. It would be appropriate to make it a three-way, give a break in traffic,” Le Tellier said.

“My personal opinion, I think this warrants it,” he continued.

While the borough council was in agreement with Le Tellier’s suggestion, it will take more to approve the installation of a three-way stop sign on Morrison Avenue.

Borough Engineer Carmela Roberts explained that if the road were self-contained within Hightstown, she could approve the stop sign.

However, since the road is a thorough-way, Roberts believes the borough will need to pass its own ordinance, which it would then submit to New Jersey Department of Transportation for approval.

Roberts said she will look further into the necessary actions, but as far as the borough council is concerned, they are seeking to pursue the venture.

B.Bennett September 06, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Did anyone count how many were taxis????
JB September 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
The intersection of Harron Avenue and Stockton Street deserves traffic calming measures as well for all the same reasons. The posted speed limit on Stockton Street is also 25 MPH but I'll bet there are 10 times the number of vehicles that cross that intersection and I'll bet more than half of them exceed the stated "enforcement" limit. Of course Stockton is a county road but that doesn't mean our council shouldn't take action to improve conditions.
Curtis Crowell September 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
It is all too common to see pedestrians 'stranded' on Stockston Street waiting for a break in traffic. A stop sign would help, and the full stop would bring the average speed down. Years ago I cruised out of Hightstown on Stockton Street early in the morning, after we first moved here. I explained to Jimmy Jackson (the officer who pulled me over) that I was trying to make the 6:05am Amtrak to NY from Princeton Junction. He told me that the limit was 25mph, lower than I thought it was, and told me that 'next time you have to leave a little earlier.' I'm reminded of his consideration (he gave me a verbal warning) and advice every time I go down Stockton Street. My wife also reminds me to slow down, but she says that all the time.
rules rule September 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
It's important to note that the speed limit throughout Hightstown is 25mph, not 46 or 50 or 70. Sure wish speed enforcement would be a priority, everywhere. Living on the main streets in Hightstown is just plain dangerous.
Leslie Bianczik September 07, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Here's a crazy idea...how about enforcing the speed limit? Are we going to start slapping up stop signs at random intersections on every street where people exceed the speed limit? As others have noted the intersection of Harron and Stockton is way worse.

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