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Traffic Light at Greenwood & Rosedale Avenues, Madison, NJ

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We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Borough of Madison, NJ replace the red/yellow blinking light at the intersection of Greenwood, Rosedale, and Fairview Avenues with a full red/yellow/green traffic light to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists, walkers, and rollers.

The Facts:

  • Twenty (20) automobile accidents have taken place at this intersection from January 1, 2014 – May 2, 2022
  • Eight (8) resulted in injuries
  • Two (2) resulted in overturned cars, including May 2, 2022 (See photo attached.)

Source: Madison Police Department Records

Factors Contributing to Danger:

Obstructed View:

  • Motorists crossing over Greenwood Avenue or turning onto Greenwood from either Rosedale or Fairview Avenues are forced to pull up well beyond the pedestrian crosswalk to see oncoming traffic. This presents a danger to cyclists, walkers, and rollers as well as to motorists making a left-hand turn onto Fairview or Rosedale Avenues.

Confusion:

  • When there are vehicles at all four points of the intersection, many motorists do not know the order in which they are to proceed, causing a high frequency of near misses.

Speeding:

  • Despite police patrols, motorists routinely ignore the 25mph speed limit. As the police cannot be there 24/7, a red/yellow/green traffic light would address and control the issue.

Although Greenwood and Rosedale Avenues are classified as through streets* in the Borough Code, a proper traffic light at this intersection could be timed to keep traffic moving well while drastically reducing the chances of another accident. (*§ 185-35: Schedule VII)

People who live, work, and play in Madison frequently walk, bike, roll, and drive across this busy intersection. The existing blinking light and the flashing crosswalk lights are, unfortunately, not enough to keep people safe.

A permanent red/yellow/green traffic light at this intersection will provide a greater level of safety.

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