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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.”

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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