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Vol. LXV, No. 26
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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Crosswalk Perils: Lives Are at Risk, Right-of-Way Law Should Be Enforced

Ira Polly
Maidenhead Road

Owner of Ezekiel’s Table Is Grateful For HPC’s Thoughtful Response

Marcia C. Willsie
Ezekiel’s Table


Crosswalk Perils: Lives Are at Risk, Right-of-Way Law Should Be Enforced

To the Editor

I am a resident of Princeton Township. My son is an eleven-year-old attending John Witherspoon Middle School. On June 23 at approximately 4:35 p.m. I was driving him to a music lesson at Westminster Conservatory. On Route 206 at Herrontown Road, I observed a woman on the northbound side waiting to cross the road at a marked crosswalk. I came to a full stop, but every time she attempted to step into the crosswalk, cars would not yield to her. No less than ten cars continued north without pausing so that she could cross. I continued waiting, flashing my headlights and eventually honking my horn at oncoming northbound traffic. Eventually, a SUV traveling in the northbound lane stopped. As the woman began crossing the street, the cars behind me decided to pass me on the right, using the driveway and parking lot of the businesses facing on the southbound lane. One vehicle almost struck her as she peeked around the front of my car. I moved my car forward and to the right in an effort to help make sure the woman could safely cross the road.

Having a child who walks around town after school, I am sensitive to the safety of crosswalks. I understand that police cannot monitor every crosswalk in the state but something needs to be done to protect pedestrians and enforce crosswalk laws.

The Township did respond to me, saying that there are planned improvements for crosswalks. The DOT is involved [see note below]. Something has to be done to increase enforcement. I hope more enforcement of crosswalks, especially in high speed dangerous intersections, can be better monitored.

Ira Polly
Maidenhead Road

Note: The Princeton Township Traffic Safety Committee had identified similar concerns at various Route 206 crosswalks in addition to the Herrontown Road location mentioned in the letter and as a result, both Princeton Township and Princeton Borough have asked NJDOT to upgrade the existing signs at all Route 206 crossings to the new “Stop for Pedestrian” signs as recently included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices that governs roadway signage. NJDOT recently reported that a field investigation has been completed and work orders have been issued for these signing upgrades.

Owner of Ezekiel’s Table Is Grateful For HPC’s Thoughtful Response

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Anne Levin for her thoughtful article concerning the re-opening of Ezekiel’s Table cooking classes (Town Topics June 22), but I fear I may not have been clear when describing the experience with the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). It was the process which was difficult, not the people. I continue to be moved by the community response to the situation of my closing and re-opening, especially by the sensitive response from HPC, and finally, the Township Planning Board.

This was a dauntingly expensive, confusing, and time-consuming project, especially considering the size of my business; and I could not have managed it without the professional expertise of my architect Jeffrey Clarke. As small as my case was, however, the Historic Preservation Commission’s hearing was done kindly and thoroughly. The Commission has a busy schedule, great responsibilities, and difficult decisions to make, given the high standards they set for historic preservation; yet, they gave my case time and a thoughtful response. For this I am deeply grateful. I would especially like to thank Catherine Kurtz Gowen for her contribution in the process and for taking the time in her busy schedule to attend the Planning Board hearing to testify so eloquently on my behalf. I am truly indebted.

Marcia C. Willsie
Ezekiel’s Table

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