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.
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