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Drivers to Get a Countdown Pedestrian Warning Signal at Avenel St. Intersection

It's a big help for people on foot crossing the highway - and a boon to drivers who fear the intersection's red light cameras.


Drivers who fear being tagged with a ticket for jumping the should rejoice. The NJ Department of Transportation are getting ready to rev up pedestrian crosswalk signs that will include the large amber countdown numbers enabling walkers to know how much time remains before the light changes.

The crosswalk signs also give a head's up to motorists that the light is going to change - and a way to gauge their driving so they don't run afoul of the .

"The new pedestrian signals will have both features.... - the "walking figure" for go and the "red hand" for stop as well as a numeric countdown for when the light is going to turn," said NJDOT spokesman Tim Greeley.

The new pedestrian countdown signals were scheduled to be installed at the , Greeley said, to replace the old fashioned 'stick figure and stop hand' signals that had been there before.

The new signals were "in the pipeline," Greeley said. "We hadn't gotten to it yet."

All that changed because of an accident on July 9 at that intersection that interfered with the operation of the pedestrian lights, said Captain Ray Hoppock.

DOT was on the scene to repair the damage from the accident, Greeley said.

"We intalled a new signal at that location. At that time, we moved the work order up and took care of it at the same time," he said. "It was finished on July 23."

The pedestrian lights were installed and 'bagged' because they had to be coordinated with the timing of the signal lights at the intersection. "That work is done differently," Greeley said.

He envisions that the timing of the lights with the pedestrian signals will be completed this week and the pedestrian signals activiated by the end of the month, providing safety for both pedestrians trying to cross the hazardous highway, and a warning to drivers who want to avoid getting a red light ticket.

The Avenel Street red light cameras are one of four intersection throughout the township to be so enabled. The Avenel Street camera was the in June when NJDOT told 21 municipalities to shut down their red light camera programs because the yellow light timing hadn't been properly certified.

Township residents and pedestrians who live in the area had called Woodbridge Patch last week, wondering why the pedestrian signals were covered. Mayor John McCormac did not return repeated phone calls for comment.

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gam August 22, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Mr Greeley spokesman for the NJDOT should get his facts straight.....there were no pedestrian crossing signals at this intersection.
Brian August 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Photo of intersection. http://i.imgur.com/JVeig.jpg
Tom Maras August 22, 2012 at 08:20 PM
What do politicians, bureaucrats and cockroaches have in common, they all hurry scurry when the "Lights" are on them. If backpedaling was an Olympic event, Mac, Hagerty and Mac's councilwoman, from the 3rd Ward, along with the state bureaucrats, would have brought home more gold than all our Olympic athletes combined! It wasn't the stater's gun that got them moving, it was the Woodbridge Patch, WPIX and residents who knew the truth. That said, it is good to know that area of our ever shrinking world will soon be a safer place. Let's hope Mac and company will now shine the light on our home grown Olympian winner! God Bless America!
Gary Introne September 15, 2012 at 02:41 AM
It's 'heads up', not 'head's up'. What sort of writing is that? In addition, this situation and article is nothing but cheerleading by the press for the restrictive tendencies of local and state government. You should be investigating and shining light on things, not simply boosting them. There's a far larger story on these camera and intersections and timers than you're letting on. You are ignoring an issue that needs attention.
Deborah Bell (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Umm, this article is about pedestrian crossing signals. Is there some "far larger story" on this, aside from getting people, esp. kids, across a super busy highway in one piece? Please let me know if I've missing something, but you have to go in a bit more detail than just telling me I should be "shining light on things."

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