[Adopted 4-5-2006 by Ord. No. 3-2006]
The purposes of this article is as follows:
Traffic safety. The occurrence of accidents, and more frequently the fear or expectation that accidents or near accidents might occur, is often a leading problem. In some cases, these streets serve as primary pedestrian routes for school children, which tends to amplify these concerns.
Traffic speed. Excessive speed is a frequent resident complaint. Vehicles driven at high speeds, even if only occasionally, are seen as a threat by thoughtless drivers to the peace, quiet, safety and quality of life within the neighborhood.
Traffic volumes. As with speed, excessive amounts of traffic are also of major concern to residents.
Noise and air pollution. Environmental issues play a great role in the basic quality of neighborhood life, particularly if a major percentage of the traffic stream is made up of larger and/or older vehicles, if street curvature or gradient is severe or if the pavement has a rough surface.
Impacts on property. The presence of excessive traffic can discourage residents and lead to increased resident turnover and neighborhood instability. There is also some evidence that streets with greater auto accessibility may be more susceptible to residential crime.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SPEED HUMPS
- A physical alteration to the horizontal and vertical alignment of a road surface used as a traffic calming measure and conforming to the technical standards as established by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
A municipality may construct a speed hump on totally self-contained two-lane residential streets and on totally self-contained one-way residential streets under municipal jurisdiction which have no direct connection with any street in any other municipality, have fewer than 3,000 vehicles per day, with a posted speed of 30 miles per hour or less, and on one-way streets connecting to county roads.
Requests for installation of speed humps will be considered in accordance with the following procedures:
A written request from a resident, business, school, association or other entity whose property is abutting the requested street; or
A request from the Township's Traffic Engineers or Officer, after a traffic study reveals the need to reduce speed and traffic volume in a residential neighborhood; or
The governing body identifies a residential street requiring installation of the speed humps to advance the purposes set forth above.
If a street is determined to be eligible for speed humps and funding is available, a meeting will be arranged among the appropriate individuals/representatives, including representatives of the governing body, administration, Police Department, public works, engineer, emergency personnel and interested residents, to discuss the installation process. At least seven days prior to that meeting, the Township will provide notification of the meeting by advertisement once in a local newspaper and on the Township Web site, and hand-delivered or mailed by certified mail to residents within 200 feet of the street humps proposed, which shall also include the location and issues to be discussed. Efforts will be made to educate residents of the need for the speed humps as traffic calming devices.
All technical standards for speed humps shall be in compliance with the standards contained in N.J.S.A. 39:4-8.9 et seq., as may be amended in the future.