An update on crosswalk safety improvements

Our advocacy work continues to pay off.

Ahead of the May 13 public hearing on the budget, Mayor Marathe announced plans to install more of those pedestrian-activated yellow flashing lights known as rectangular rapid-flashing beacons, or RRFBs.

The WWBPA has suggested many of these locations and has pushed particularly hard for one at the Penn Lyle/Canoe Brook crossing, where a pedestrian was hit last year.

Two RRFBs already have been installed on Bear Brook Road, the mayor reported.

One RRFB was installed earlier this year on Rabbit Hill Road at the crosswalk to the Trolley Line Trail. Another is planned for the Trolley Line Trail crossing at Penn Lyle Road.

One to be installed at Alexander Road and Nash Park will go out to bid this summer.

Finally, the township is “actively looking” at one for the intersection of Penn Lyle and Canoe Brook near High School South as well as at school crosswalks on New Village Road by Village School and Grover Middle School.

Funds for some of these projects will come from the $100,000 included in the FY24-25 capital improvement program and funded through a bond issue later this year. So it likely will be several months before we see these additional RRFBs installed.

Brighter streets

In addition to the RRFBs, Mayor Marathe announced a number of streetlight projects, part of a decision to increase the annual budget on streetlights 8.4% to $450,000.

Eight new lights will be added and six others will be replaced along Rabbit Hill Road, including intersections with Cranbury Road, Route 571/Princeton Hightstown Road and all side streets. In addition, four lights on Bennington Drive will be upgraded. The intersection of Rabbit Hill and Bennington/Abbington Lane is where a 12-year-old was killed in November, and area residents subsequently called for improved lighting.

Five streetlights will be added and one will be upgraded on Cranbury Road in the area of the new sidewalk and crosswalks.

Two streetlights will be added to the curve on North Post Road.

Four streetlights will be added along the s-curve on Conover Road.

In addition, the township is talking with PSE&G about 10 new lights on Bear Brook Road from Windsor Haven to Meadow Road, both at intersections and along the curve in the road.

PSE&G needs up to six months to install or upgrade lights.

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