Hopewell Borough Taking More Steps to Calm Traffic

Hopewell Borough engineering and Borough resident

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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