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Maplewood Township Committee to Consider Lower Speed Limit for Valley Street

David Lackey

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 • 10:58pm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Township Committee has responded to requests from the Valley Street Neighborhood Association for a reduction in the speed limit on Valley Street from 35 mph down to 25 mph by agreeing to consider a new ordinance at its next meeting.  The proposal would change the speed limit for the road’s full length through Maplewood.

While Valley Street is a county road, Mayor Victor DeLuca indicated that the county engineer had informed him that if the Township Committee did pass an ordinance to lower the limit, the county would do the same.

Valley Street Neighborhood Association Co-Chair Camilla Zelevansky had written to the committee requesting the change, and was present at the meeting to advocate the cause. She cited the heavy pedestrian traffic and the need for many residents, including children, to cross Valley Street to reach the park, schools, the library, the train station and downtown.  Portions of the road are already 25 mph. The remainder would be changed to that by the new ordinance, which will be on the agenda and up for discussion at the Sept. 17 Township Committee meeting.

Gerry Ryan said, “It seems like a reasonable idea to suggest to our friends in South Orange that if we are doing this, that maybe they ought to reduce that one section to 25 as well,” referencing the stretch of Valley from the Maplewood border to South Orange Avenue, where the speed limit is currently 30 mph.

DeLuca also noted that the township should consider adding more unsignalized crosswalks on Valley, as well.  He said it would be discussed at the next planning and engineering meeting.

In other action, the committee passed an ordinance that will allow property owners on Villa Terrace extended on-street parking privileges which will require permits on vehicles.

They also passed an ordinance that sets the speed limit on Brook Lane at 15 mph.

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