It’s been an ongoing theme this past year: Hopewell Borough residents want drivers to slow down! Last month, Borough residents wrote letters and appeared at Council meeting imploring Hopewell Borough Council to take action and for Hopewell Township Police to enforce slow speeds in the quaint downtown. This was following several incidents this spring including a truck driver hitting seven parked cars on East Broad Street across from The Brick Farm Market in April and a pedestrian being struck by a driver while crossing West Broad in May.
Hopewell Borough council has responded to these concerns by introducing an ordinance funding a variable speed sign to be installed on Greenwood Avenue. The sign would be similar to the ones already installed on East Broad, West Broad and Louellen Avenues that display drivers’ speeds as they enter the Borough. Hopewell will be dedicating $4000 to the purchase and installation of “new or replacement traffic control equipment.”
The Borough administrator and engineering are currently assessing additional ways for pedestrians to cross safely. Even as quickly as after Monday’s meeting, Hopewell Borough’s engineer was spotted with Hopewell Borough residents walking through town and looking at pedestrian crossing areas.
“We are examining options for improved crosswalk safety on Broad Street, generally, and specifically at Greenwood Avenue, in response to recent requests,” said Borough Administrator Michele Hovan. “We will be working with County officials for their input and assistance, of course, and look forward to presenting recommendations for Borough Council consideration.”
MercerMe has covered pedestrian and walkability in the following articles:
- Slow Down Now Says Hopewell Residents, Police and Council React
- Hopewell Boro Residents Ask Trucks to Give Them a Brake
- Slowing Down in Hopewell Boro
- Intoxicated Driver Hits Cyclist in Hopewell Township
- Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle in Hopewell Borough
- Truck Driver Hits Seven Cars in Hopewell Borough
- New Jersey Bill Tells Cars to Move Over
- Hopewell Township Police Remind Motorists to Be Safe as School Year Starts
- Let’s Get Moving: Walk and Roll to School Day in Hopewell Borough