The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
And in Washington Township, the vocal governing body got the walkway.
The shoulder of Bartley Road between Palmer Park and West Morris Central High School has been filled with gravel and widened in some areas in the past couple of weeks to allow for pedestrians – many of which are high school students – to walk between the two entities.
Concern about the walking area has been raised since the completion of the park last decade, but Mayor Ken Short and the Washington Township Committee were especially vocal about the situation at a summer meeting with the Morris County Freeholders.
The roadway is a county-owned and locally patrolled, and any improvements or enhancements must be done by the county.
“It’s not a cure-all,” Short said at the governing body’s regular work session meeting Wednesday night. “But it’s a small shoulder that will allow for walking space.”
The distance between the park and the high school is approximately a quarter mile. Parking at the field is used for overflow during major events like sports games and graduation.
Numerous calls made to Morris County’s Department of Engineering were not returned regarding the scope of the project.
Is this solution good enough? Should the shoulder be wider? Should a sidewalk be installed?