Corrado to DOT: Hit the Brakes at Harmful Intersection
Seeks Measures to Enhance Site visitors Security on Excessive-Accident Stretch of Roadway
Rising concern over a harmful stretch of roadway in Riverdale, Morris County prompted Senator Kristin Corrado to hunt assist from the Division of Transportation.
In a letter despatched Friday, the Senator requested the Transportation Commissioner to take proactive steps to calm site visitors on the notorious “Kill Hill” earlier than there’s one other tragic accident. The hazard zone is positioned on the intersection of New Jersey Route 23 and Windbeam Street.
“Residents and native leaders within the space have come to us with considerations about totally loaded dump vehicles hurtling down the steep hill, uncontrolled and unable to cease,” mentioned Senator Corrado. “It’s a horrifying scenario that repeats too many instances each week, putting drivers and residents at risk. We would like the DOT to try the scenario and contemplate steps to enhance security.”
Despite “low gear” warning indicators on the high of the 6 p.c grade, vehicles loaded with 80,000 kilos of fabric acquire momentum on the downgrade. There have been incidents of vehicles roaring on to neighborhood streets to regain management, and lives have been misplaced in horrible accidents.
“Households shouldn’t need to dwell in worry of out-of-control building automobiles plowing via their neighborhood,” Corrado mentioned. “We’re asking the Division of Transportation to carry some sanity to a neighborhood roadway that has turn out to be too harmful to tolerate. Vans rushing uncontrolled is a recipe for catastrophe.”
The placement has been generally known as “Kill Hill” since a neighborhood newspaper coined the reference in 2009. Greater than 100 accidents have been reported on the brief stretch of Route 23 – rather less than a mile lengthy – in the previous couple of years alone.
“Even in clear climate, the steep 6 p.c grade of the hill contributes to harmful situations. Despite signage warning truckers to make use of low gears, too many dump vehicles are uncontrolled as they hurtle previous household vehicles and neighborhood houses,” the letter learn.
Corrado expressed help for extending a guardrail that runs alongside Route 23 to safeguard residents of the Evans Street neighborhood, a doable answer proposed by group teams.
The letter additionally prompt a gathering between Division of Transportation leaders and native officers to debate the site visitors considerations and doable cures.
“We urge the Division of Transportation to take proactive preventative security measures fairly than ready for an additional preventable tragedy at backside of the hill,” the letter concluded.
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