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Township to Explore Speeding Problem on Rural Roads

White Pine Road homeowner said motorists have turned the roadway into a dangerous situation for residents.

The rural area of White Pine Road has become a safety hazard for residents due to an increase in traffic, according to one local homeowner.

At the last meeting of the South Brunswick Township Council, White Pine Road resident Larry Raab told the council that motorists have turned the roadway into a danger zone and that large trucks are using it as a shortcut to Davidsons Mill Road.

"The road has become quite a speedway during the morning and evening commute," Raab told the council. "There used to be signs that (a bridge on White Pine Road) is limited to four tons, but now I see large trucks using it to go to Davidsons Mill Road."

Raab continued that residents don't feel safe letting their children on the front lawn anywhere near the roads.

"When you go across into East Brunswick they have signs for protecting salamanders, but not children," he said.

Raab added that there are no signs for the posted speed limit of 25 m.p.h and asked the township to take action to protect residents of the rural area.

"If there are no speed limit signs then that's something we need to correct," said Mayor Frank Gambatese.

The excess speeding by motorists also presents a danger with horseback riders who travel through the area, according to township officials. Public Affairs Coordinator Ron Schmalz said the township has been in contact with Middlesex County regarding tonage on the bridge to assess the problem. South Brunswick Police have also been asked to do a traffic study on the area to determine whether motorists using the road as a cut through is causing additional problems.

"We can have traffic safety not only look at it, but also do a study to see if the speed limit is being exceeded," said Counilman John O'Sullivan.

Are there any other rural roads in South Brunswick where speeding has been an issue? Tell us in the comments.

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Julie rohr October 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Why don't you "explore" speeding problems in Kendall park?
Cathleen DiBenedetto October 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM
People have been speeding in Kendall Park for the last 31 years I have lived here! They put up the speed checker and people slow down but as soon as it is gone they speed again! They also don't stop for the Stop signs!! I have seen so many people go through the Stop sign at Alston Rd and Hastings Rd and then the Stop sign at Hastings and Kingsley Rd...They don't even make it a rolling stop, they just plow on through... They speed on New Rd also.. I have had people ride my tail riding on New Rd. and when I turn onto Hastings Rd I get dirty looks from the person behind me. Also many people still make a right on red at the light at RT 27 and New Rd. Maybe that should be changed to no turn during rush hour hours and then on off hours you can make the right on red turn.. It is kinda silly at 5am when you are the only one on the road and you can't make that turn... Just some thoughts.....
Crazy World October 22, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Yes, I agree that we have a problem of speeders in Kendall Park. The recent lowering of the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph on Beekman Road has not stopped drivers from exceeding the limit. Traveling during rush hours produces many drivers riding my bumper and giving dirty looks when I stick to the posted speed. Beekman Road is a cut - thru for people living in Somerset County( above Rt. 27) and Route 1. When construction of the new intersection at Route 27 is finished and it opens up bottleneck that is currently happening there, you will see even more traffic and speeders on Beekman Road. I hope that the Police will enforce the speed limit by their presence from time to time.
Janet Koenig October 22, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I live right by White Pine and can attest to the fact that this narrow and winding country road, never maintained on the East Brunswick side needs signage to at least make drivers aware that there is in fact a speed limit. At a council meeting a year or more ago, Mayor Gambatese said they would take a look at this, but apparently his people never bothered. We all know that when the police let there presence be known and tickets given, people learn very quickly to slow down.
Concerned Citizen October 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Speeding and running stop signs is a problem everywhere, not just on White Pine Rd or New Rd or Beekman Rd. If the police allow people to break the law, they will. Too many people are always in a hurry, tailing you when you try to obey the law, passing over a double yellow line, etc. I don't feel safe when these nuts are right on my bumper. And it's worse when you look in your rearview mirror see their heads going up and down as they are texting. A driver's license is not a right. These people have no right to be on the road, but little is being done to protect those of us who are careful drivers and care about the children in our cars. The police have to start doing their jobs and upholding the law. As usual, it will take a tragedy to change the way things are around here. Who knows, if they hand out enough tickets, maybe our property taxes will drop a little.
Dan McGrath October 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I've lived in Kendall Park since 1958. The speed limit is rarely enforced the same for Stop signs which are ignored. We may not have enough Patrolmen to ticket the offenders but I'm sure Radar Signs with cameras could help get the message through. (btw, I have picked up a speeding ticket, once on New Road. Yes, I earned it).
AC October 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM
You said it!
AC October 22, 2012 at 10:30 PM
The speed checker is nice. But one would actually have to care that theybare exceeding the speed limit. And Cathy you are exactly right about the stop signs. It directly reflects the lack of enforcement. I called once to complain about a traffic incident only to see a marked police car pull up in the middle of the street next to the offending driver. Sit and chat. Heard them laughing. Police car pulled away and they continued on doing the exact same thing
AC October 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I am with you. I was on my motorcycle one day with my daughter on the back on Stillwell Road. I was doing 25. Apparently the driver of the blue Dodge Durango from town - you know who you are- or rather who your son is driving that truck- passed me on a curve and on a double solid line. These people should not be able to assume that they can get away with this crape.
AC October 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Amen
AC October 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Wow I am not alone. Hurray! I am glad it is not just me

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