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Crosswalk Installed on Schooley's Mtn. Road

Contentious issue put to rest after Freeholders' meeting.

Walkers and bikers alike will now have a safe zone to walk from one side of Schooley's Mountain Road to another at the Columbia Trail head, after a crosswalk was installed Thursday morning.

The thermo-striping of the crosswalk took approximately one hour to complete, according to one of the workers who installed it. The issue, however, has lasted more than a year.

Recent comments and letters to the Morris County Board of Freeholders from town officials have asked that safety measures be made to portions of the county road–one that has seen 25 motor vehicle accidents between Camp Washington and East Mill Roads over the past five years, according to the .

At the Washington Township Committee work session on May 16, Morris County's chief engineer, Steve Hammond, , but that it was the responsibility of the Morris County Parks Commission. 

After that meeting, cones with "Trail Closed" signs were placed in the parking lot of the trail's entryway. 

Washington Township Green Team members Gregg Forsbrey and Joseph Keyes attended the Freeholders meeting on Wednesday, May 23 to raise the issue, . 

Three members of the Morris County Department of Public Works–not the Parks Commission–installed the crosswalk Thursday morning, and said all that's left to do is install the ADA-compliant, handicapped-accessible ramps on each side of the crosswalk.

The workers expected that would take place in the next week to 10 days. 

PD73 May 24, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Sometimes the most LOGICAL things just take the longest to get done!
Hookerman May 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Great! Now what about where the path crosses on Naughight and Four Bridges???
Tracy Tobin May 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Jason The issue is not closed yet. As you noted in the article the ADA ramps still have to be installed, then signs have to be installed alerting drivers about the crosswalk/bicycle crossing. Hope the ten day estimate for completion is accurate.
Moses Lonn May 25, 2012 at 03:58 PM
@ Tracy, did they say WHICH ten days?
wt-taxpayer May 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I'm really glad that partisan politics are not an issue at the local level... the best happens when local citizens get involved without regard for party affiliations... Unfortunately, too often we see people blocking good ideas and good people from doing what is best for communities because they look for party affiliations instead of the work and common sense required to get things done. This is a great less on how citizens - not politicians - make things happen... as something Margaret Mead once said ... 'Never underestimate the power of a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.' We all have this power to get things done - thank you, Joe Keyes and Greg Foresbrey for doing this work and reminding us all of what this means.

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