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Last month, Pennington weighed in on the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) prosed speed limit changes on Route 31 between the Pennington Circle and Mercer County Route 654.

NJDOT, by way of letter dated April 22, 2016, requested concurrence resolutions from both Hopewell Township and Pennington Borough indicating that the municipalities agree with the proposed changes contained in that letter.

Procedurally, “NJDOT works with communities on any speed limit change request the department receives. After receiving a formal request from the community, a traffic study is conducted,” explained Steve Schapiro, Communications Director of NJDOT, when reached for comment. “The engineering study would take into consideration such factors as operating speeds of free-flowing traffic, crash data, roadway geometry, development along the road, parking, and pedestrian traffic. Based on the speed limit request and the traffic study findings, NJDOT determines what is suitable for the community and safe for the motorists.”

After consulting with the Hopewell Township Police Department, Pennington Borough Police Department and Pennington Borough, Hopewell Township passed Resolution #16 “A Resolution of Concurrence for Speed Limits on NJSH Route 31 in Hopewell Township and Pennington Borough,” on June 13, 2016 rejecting the proposed changes and outlining its own recommendation for speed limit changes.

NJDOT Proposes Speed Limit Changes to RT31 in Hopewell and Pennington

Pennington Borough passed its own resolution, adopted on August 9, 2016, indicating that it also does not concur with the speed limits described in the April 22, 2016 letter and recommended alternative speed limit changes.

The following chart outlines the current, proposed and recommended changes to Route 31 speed limit changes.

route 31 speed limit chart September 2016

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