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In so many of our local small towns, residents have been striving to get drivers to slow down. After several incidents in Hopewell Borough 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, safety measures, along with police enforcement, have taken center stage in the past few months. Borough residents wrote letters and appeared at the June Council meeting imploring Hopewell Borough Council to take action and for Hopewell Township Police to enforce slow speeds in the quaint downtown. Hopewell Township Police Department responded by increasing presence in town and issued a statement about the force’s efforts to address to residents’ concerns.

This month, improvements to pedestrian safety are continuing in Hopewell Borough as more measures are put in place. The intersection of Broad Street and Greenwood Avenue now have enhanced crosswalk areas, thanks to Mercer County, which include pedestrian signals at all four crossings.

Hopewell Borough is also purchasing a portable “Your Speed Is” sign for the Greenwood Avenue approach to the Borough that can be moved to other locations within the Borough, if necessary.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. 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. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. 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), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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