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Verona officials seek to slow motorists along East Railroad Avenue

| Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:12 a.m
East Railroad Avenue in Verona

Verona officials hope to change East Railroad Avenue’s speed limit to slow down motorists by the borough building and nearby park.

The limit is currently set at 25 mph but could be reduced to 15 mph for safety reasons.

Council President Sandy Drabicki-Bell said she was nearly struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in the summer.

“You take your life in your hands when you try to get across it, and the police department’s right here,” she said. “They cut down to try to beat the traffic lights.”

Motorists can turn onto East Railroad Avenue from Center Avenue, South Avenue, James Street and Grant Avenue.

Borough Solicitor Craig Alexander said council’s request may prove difficult.

“What we’ve learned is you can’t modify (state) legislatively enacted maximum speed limits for traffic-calming purposes,” he said. “The legislature has enacted various maximum speeds in various areas throughout the Commonwealth. Residential areas have a maximum speed limit of 25 mph no matter where you are (and) 55 mph on a highway. Without an engineering study that says that maximum speed is unsafe for the driver (and) a lower speed is necessary for the drivers to maintain safe control of their cars, you can’t lower the speed limits.”

He said speed bumps also would not work because they would impact progress of emergency responders.

Drabicki-Bell requested Alexander look into park speed limits because of Railroad Park’s location by the borough building. The borough’s farmers market and other community events take place in the park.

“So that’s a project in progress, and we’ll keep looking at that,” said Councilwoman Nancy Carpenter, who suggested crosswalk signage to improve pedestrian safety while the borough continues to explore its options.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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