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Council Lowers Speed Limit on Stretch of Dunhams Corner Road

The speed limit is now 30 mph on Dunhams Corner Road between the Ireland Brook Bridge and Cranbury Road.

The speed limit on Dunhams Corner Road has been lowered from 40 MPH to 30 MPH along a stretch that has been the focus of a traffic study and safety recommendations.

On Monday night, the township council voted unanimously to lower the speed limit on Dunhams Corner Road between the Ireland Brook Bridge and Cranbury Road from 40 MPH to 30 MPH.

The reduction in speed came at the recommendation of the township Planning Department, who conducted a traffic study on Dunhams Corner Road in light of accidents there, the worst of which claimed the lives of a husband and wife in September as they walked home from Young Israel.

Lane narrowing will also be performed to ease traffic along the roadway, and alterations are already underway on the pedestrian signals where Hardenberg Lane and Ryders Lane intersect the road, according to planning and zoning director Greg Potkulski.

According to Potkulski's report at the Feb. 5 council meeting, 148 accidents were reported on Dunhams Corner Road in the past three years.

Jarhead February 28, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I wonder if the increased police presence will have an effect on the driving behavior of those operating the Sherman Tank SUV's with one hand on the wheel and the other firmly planting a cell phone in their ear? Enforce the laws already in place!!! Put down the cell phone and drive with two hands on the wheel!! And, leave the dog at home if you can't restrain it.
Christopher February 28, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Agree 100% with Mr Romano. And I doubt the cops will ever waste their time trying to enforce this, save for a few spotlight moments when pedestrian traffic is known to be higher.
EBtalloaks February 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM
A study in the city found that someone hit at 40 mph has a 70% change of dying, while someone hit at 30 mph has an 80% chance of living. I doubt that driving 10 mph slower will have a meaningful impact on travel times, but it can be life-saving. I'm delighted the Town is taking real action to make DCR safer for all users...drivers and pedestrians alike.
Christopher February 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Well then, by the that logic, why have any road be over 30mph?
l berman March 01, 2013 at 12:33 AM
How about putting some lights on that stretch of road
John Romano March 01, 2013 at 02:41 AM
.....yes ...let's ....they're only about $15K each (low estimate) ....I suggest several while we're at it .....heck, it's only money.
EBtalloaks March 01, 2013 at 03:07 AM
That's a good question. Maybe they should be. I suppose one day the only 40+ mph roads will be those without sidewalks, homes, schools, churches, etc. attracting large quantitites of pedestrians.
EBtalloaks March 01, 2013 at 03:11 AM
You're right, Carmen, we do need to be more responsible drivers. At the same time, there are engineering and enforcement solutions that can help protect us and our children from irresponsible drivers, so why not deploy them.
John Romano March 01, 2013 at 03:28 AM
...yes let's work towards what EBtalloaks wants ...let's remove the sidewalks from Dunhams Corner Road ...there!! ...motor vehicle vs pedestrian conflict no longer exists!!! .....problem solved ...that was the easiest engineering I did all week.
Christopher March 01, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Maybe we should just build reinforced habitrails and bridges to replace the sidewalks and increase the speed limit to 50 MPH.
Slav B. Shuravesky March 01, 2013 at 05:30 AM
I do not know where that number came from. According to the state police there were a total of 17 accidents on Dunham's in 2012. That is in the same ballpark as Tices and Old Stage (19 & 15). And on a per mile basis actually less than Harts (9). And by the way, the accident that prompted this knee jerk reaction occurred in a school zone where the speed limit is already 25.
Slav B. Shuravesky March 01, 2013 at 05:39 AM
What are the statistics for speed limit of 5MPH? How about banning the cars altogether and putting everyone on a bicycle? I think your chances of surviving being hit by a bicycle going 5mph have to be close to 100%! And when you figure in the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer in this country and the aerobic workout that universally forced biking would achieve, we could really save some lives! But just to be on the safe side, lets have government subsidized hamster balls for every pedestrian!
John Romano March 01, 2013 at 04:34 PM
....please ...spare us the "company line" as presented by the Town. This speed reduction was on NO ONE'S mind prior to the accident. It's completely REACTIONARY based on a high profile occurrence, and undoubtedly, intense immediate pressure from "the community" and the related upcoming votes that would hang in the balance. That's why Michael Hughes had very carefully chosen his words when quoted in The Sentinel on 2/7/13 as saying ....."This is not a reactionary decision. This is based on sound engineering,” (Hughes said, noting that if the DOT were to authorize pedestrian-detection cameras, local officials should inquire about a potential pilot program). Why offer up (verbally...for the record) that an action wasn't "reactionary" if you had no need to do so? If something was, in actuality, done "for the good" ....why have a need to justify it? You only have to justify your actions if you need to deflect expected criticism for an action that is clearly questionable. And the response is in no way 'reasonable'. It amounts to assigning a speed limit to an arterial town road that is well below one that would be recommended by properly performed traffic engineering studies.
Dan F March 01, 2013 at 06:06 PM
The only time I drive that strech of Dunhams is after I drop off my recycling. It really does change abruptly around Hardenburg from having a rural feel to suddenly being in the center of town.
AP Cornwall March 02, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Absoutely a kneejerk reaction by dropping the limit to 30, and appears the police as well as the council caved to pressure. Also, could there really have been 148 accidents along that road- seems to be a stretch! I feel most people would have been comfortable with a drop to 35mph, and 25-30 around lthe curves. Just think of all the citations that will be given now on this main artery. I'm not even sure the person whose careless driving created this was issued a citation of any kind.
AP Cornwall March 02, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Absoutely a kneejerk reaction by dropping the limit to 30, and appears the police as well as the council caved to pressure. Also, could there really have been 148 accidents along that road- seems to be a stretch! I feel most people would have been comfortable with a drop to 35mph, and 25-30 around lthe curves. Just think of all the citations that will be given now on this main artery. I'm not even sure the person whose careless driving created this was issued a citation of any kind.
John Romano March 10, 2013 at 02:18 PM
.......and ....we still don't know how much this complete exercise in pandering is going to cost.
Bob March 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Why not just enforce the 40 Mph limit?! I live on a side street that terminates at Dunhams in the area where they are changing the limit. in 41 years I have NEVER seen EBPD run radar at cars on Dunhams from the end of my street. NEVER. NOT ONCE. Also, I wish to point out that several in my neighborhood belong to the temple and walk to services from their homes on my street. When not walking they drive down the street (a 25Mph zone) at 40 or more and wont even slow down when they see children in the street or on lawns. Neighbors have complained to them, and they continue to do it. I am not making this a religious issue or anything like that I am simply pointing out that even to those who are part of the community directly impacted by the tragic accident that started this knee jerk stupid reaction a speed limit means nothing. Therefore it protects no-one and has no purpose whatsoever except to make politicians look like they did something, so they gain votes. Stupid people in government reacting stupidly to the unfortunate actions of one stupid person and in so doing inconveniencing many and wasting a fortune of our tax dollars.
Bob March 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Why not just enforce the 40 Mph limit?! I live on a side street that terminates at Dunhams in the area where they are changing the limit. in 41 years I have NEVER seen EBPD run radar at cars on Dunhams from the end of my street. NEVER. NOT ONCE. Also, I wish to point out that several in my neighborhood belong to the temple and walk to services from their homes on my street. When not walking they drive down the street (a 25Mph zone) at 40 or more and wont even slow down when they see children in the street or on lawns. Neighbors have complained to them, and they continue to do it. I am not making this a religious issue or anything like that I am simply pointing out that even to those who are part of the community directly impacted by the tragic accident that started this knee jerk stupid reaction a speed limit means nothing. Therefore it protects no-one and has no purpose whatsoever except to make politicians look like they did something, so they gain votes. Stupid people in government reacting stupidly to the unfortunate actions of one stupid person and in so doing inconveniencing many and wasting a fortune of our tax dollars.
John Romano March 21, 2013 at 01:01 AM
....I like your take on this Bob. But we've still not found out how much of a 'fortune" we are talking about. Mind you, it's not as if we could undo what's already been proposed. That would never happen. I'm just very curious about what the going rate is to buy a vote .....
Christopher March 21, 2013 at 02:46 AM
The police will enforce this for all of about two weeks after they change the signs and that will be it. It's a stupid change, people know it, the cops know it, and it will be thusly ignored.
Bob March 22, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Christopher- hope you are right....John I guarantee for the cost of the traffic studies, signs, roadway alterations, etc. they could have built a heated and air conditioned pedestrian bridge leading directly into the temple, and put nice looking wrought iron fencing/chains to all along the sidewalks on Dunhams for miles to protect walkers. I thought of another issue to point out how knee-jerk this is- where is the outrage at the township for approving the permits for a facility that would cause so many pedestrians to be on such a dangerous road in the first place?????
JD March 28, 2013 at 01:44 AM
What I find most irksome is this BS about “traffic calming", but that's what happens when tunnel-vision politicians make these types of decisions and ignore input from civil engineers. Does the township council not realize that all of these unnecessary new homes that were built in the last 20 years put more cars on these roads than they were originally designed to handle and that all this “traffic calming" is a major impediment to the flow of traffic???
John Romano March 28, 2013 at 03:02 AM
.....all the politicians saw was a huge number of votes hanging out there. So they made uneducated promises and commitments in record time ....blew some sunshine up the skirts and trouser legs of targeted voters ....took out the public checkbook ......and wasted more of the tax dollars that they so eagerly suck out of our wallets.
Pete H. April 05, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Personally I am inclined to start a petition against this to have the speed limit raised! The deaths of two people due to a freak accident is no reason to make drastic changes,spend tax dollars, and inconvenience hundreds of thousands of drivers yearly
Alan April 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Amen to that! If having an accident was a good reason to lower the speed limit they should take a look at setting the limit on Rt. 18 at 25 mph.
Christopher April 06, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Well, now that a pedestrian has been killed on Route 18, I assume the township will be forced to lower the speed limit there to 30mph as well. Because that would make COMPLETE sense.
John Romano April 06, 2013 at 01:03 AM
.....(buzzer sounds!!) WRONG...absolutely not Christopher!! The correct answer is: 1). The election is over ...and therefore, no one cares!! ...but, we do have some spiffy parting gifts. You get a shiny new property tax hike, reduced frequency trash pickups, and a Walmart!! ....oh ...by the way ...was the mayor seen rushing to the victim's family? No? Well, maybe was he too busy changing all the initials on his polo shirts from a "D's " to "R's"?
Christopher April 06, 2013 at 01:08 AM
LOL. Love your commentary, Mr. Romano!
Norman April 10, 2013 at 02:14 AM
... and be sure to tune in next week as Mr Mayor and his band of gypsies give us even more news about what is NOT being built at the Bermuda Triangle...

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