The Jefferson Township Department of Public Works will be replacing some damaged guardrail on Prospect Point Road within the next week.
Resident Patrick O’Donnell noted there have been several accidents near his house at 92 Prospect Point Road and the guardrail has been hit twice since Christmas Eve when he spoke at the township council meeting on Wednesday, February 19.
He noted Morris County replaced the telephone pole at 96 Prospect Point Road twice.
Township Administrator Deborah Milikin said replacement guardrail was ordered.
Mayor Eric Wilsusen said he met with Police Chief Sean Conrad, Captain Paul Castimore, Lt. Robert Bush and traffic officer Rodger Davis about Prospect Point Road. He said the last two accidents were DWIs which are the hardest to prevent.
O’Donnell asked for more guardrail in front of numbers 94 and 96. Wilsusen said Castimore will check to see if the guard rail can be extended.
It’s a heavily traveled spot, Wilsusen said, about 120 cars an hour. He said the average speed is 36 miles per hour.
“It’s not speed,” Castimore said. “It is a bad spot.”
He said he would place an electric speed sign in the area though for a few months.
O’Donnell asked about speed bumps, but Councilman Robert Birmingham noted there is too much traffic for those on Prospect Point Road. He suggested grooving the yellow line to keep cars from crossing it.
Wilsusen said chevrons can be installed to illustrate where the bends are.
O’Donnell noted there are small children on the road, including his three. His son, Colin, 7, commented that the last accident occurred when the family was eating on the deck and that his father ran out to see what happened.
“I’ll feel better with the new guardrail,” O’Donnell said.
Traffic was also the subject of Wilsusen’s administrative report.
He said he and the police have formalized a plan for parking on Nolan’s Point Park Road.
Since the renovation of two restaurants on Nolan’s Point have increased their business, residents have complained about drivers driving down to the dead end of the road searching for parking places and parking in front of houses, sometimes blocking driveways.
The police will issue parking permits, five to a household from #42 to #85, to residents at no charge and designate the road permit parking only, the mayor said. Violators will be ticketed, but it will not be a tow-away zone.
Residents can share permits with their neighbors if they need extra for a party, the mayor said.
They will also place a bollard at on the road designating “no through traffic.” The bollard will be removable for snow plowing, Wilsusen said.
He also pointed out that Camp Six, which owns the restaurants, Alice’s and The Windlass, purchased two houses near Alice’s and demolished them. Camp Six will come before the planning board with plans for a parking lot on that property.
Milikin will prepare an ordinance for council to introduce in March.
Wilsusen said the other area with parking complaints, Mason Street, will now be addressed.