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Beekman Road Safety Precautions Imminent

South Brunswick Township Council moving forward with plan to lower speed limit and install crosswalks on Beekman Road.

The South Brunswick Township Council is moving forward with a plan to improve safety on Beekman Road for pedestrians. In addition to the installation of three crosswalks on the roadway, the township is also exploring lowering the speed limit from the current 45 miles per hour.

"We need to do those crosswalks, I don't think we need any additional information for that," said Mayor Frank Gambatese during Tuesday evening's council meeting. "I think those crosswalks are absolutely crucial."

Crosswalks are being discussed for locations near Lori Drive, Jared Boulevard and near the entrance to .  

"In terms of the topography of the road near the parks, folks who are crossing from the street, with a 45 mile per hour speed limit, they're at a decided disadvantage," said Deputy Mayor Chris Killmurray. "With the width of the roadway, how long it takes to walk and how much ground they have to cover, it's not a straight shot and we need to explore a further speed reduction."

While both crosswalks and a speed reduction were recommended following a recent analysis of Beekman Road by South Brunswick Police, a licensed engineer will still need to verify the recommendations of police before the ordinance can be amended to lower the speed limit.

An estimated 3,000 cars per day travel on Beekman Road as a connector between Route 1 and Route 27.

"There's some real risk there based on the timing and speed of the cars with how long it takes to cross that road," said Councilman Joseph Camarota.

There is also hope for the long-awaited improvement project to be completed at the Beekman Road intersection.

The Beekman Road intersection improvements have been in limbo for close to three years, . The township went out to bond for the approximately $1 million improvement project about three years ago, yet the plan has remained stalled due to difficulties obtaining approval from the state. The small two-lane road is regularly clogged with motorists making various turns and going to the shopping center across the street in Franklin.  

The improvement project will include the widening of the intersection, an improved turn radius, and the addition of a right-hand turn lane. The intersection will also receive a new traffic signal that will include right-hand turn only lighting.

As the township still waits for the DOT approval, the work to install the crosswalks is expected to begin in the near future.

"We need to really do what we have to do to protect those residents because there's a lot of them off of that road with five housing developments," Gambatese said.

Charlie Valan March 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
The biggest thing that could be done to protect us is send a team to the state house or wherever they need to be sent to push for the DOT to approve the SIMPLE ELECTRICAL CONNECTION change!!!! Residents of Beekman Road connections have been dealing with this WAY TOO long!!! I want to see copies of the DAILY LETTERS that should be sent to the DOT or whomever is working to push something so simple......... Because this has taken WAY TOO LONG!!!!
Barbara Trach March 08, 2012 at 10:04 PM
While on the topic of Beekman Road....how about a sidewalk to connect Beechwoods Park to the residential neighborhoods so that families could actually enjoy the park without having to drive there? The lack of a safe pedestrian walkway to that park makes it obsolete. What a waste of a beautiful space.
Sue Nissenblatt March 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
If the Mayor and Council are concerned about the safety of the residents around Beekman Road because of the estimated 3,000 cars that already travel the road, does it make any sense to put a Park and Ride on Beekman and add even more cars at peak times?
Jack Wagon March 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM
The light at Beekman and Rt. 27 is a hazard too. Too many cars coming out of the CVS mall to use as a shortcut from the Franklin side. They're causing major backups on the SB side that only allow 4 or 5 cars to get through the light during one cycle during peak hours. They should have lined up Beekman Rd. on both sides of Rt. 27 from the beginning.
Jack Wagon March 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Why is Beekman the only road you can't make a right on red during certain hours too? Not one other road that runs from rt. 27 to rt.1 in SB has a no turn on red sign at all.
I am RIGHT March 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM
All new stop signs are NTOR. The excuse is safety, but it's not the true reason.
Crazy World April 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
First of all, the township needs to lower the speed limit on Beekman Road to 35 mph. Lowering the speed limit to 40 mph does nothing because most drivers will drive 5 mph over the limit anyway. Another safety issue is that a lot of drivers going south on Rt.1 do not continue through the light to use the u - turn lane. They exit before the light and make a left turn on the ramp. The township should make a concrete island between the lanes so that these drivers cannot make a left turn there.

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