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TELL US: How Can Rt. 9 Become Safer For Pedestrians?

In light of a recent fatal accident on Rt. 9, how can the road become safer for pedestrians?

Two pedestrians were struck last week in Marlboro on Rt. 9, an accident that eventually turned fatal for one.

One man, who succumbed to his injuries hours after the accident, and one woman, who is currently in intensive care, .

Police have not yet released the identities of the victims. The driver was also transported to the hospital, condition unknown.

The Rt. 9 corridor is full of shops and NJ Transit bus stops, and at rush hour is also full of pedestrians crossing to park and ride stops from the bus.

At night, pedestrians wearing dark clothing crossing the road are often difficult to see. Many use the crosswalk, but some cross between cars stopped at red lights to shorten the distance.

Tell us: Can Rt. 9 benefit from pedestrian improvements? Would more lights along the road at crosswalks work? What ideas do you have?

gjc August 28, 2012 at 01:44 PM
As annoying and out-of-the-way it may be, pedestrians should only cross at crosswalks and then only when the light is green for them. Any pedestrian who does otherwise is just plain foolish. Sadly, you can't make things safer for foolish people.
Robert August 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Barriers need to be built to keep people from crossing in the middle. Bridges across 9 would be great but the state does not have enough money to build them and people would still cut across. More cops need to be out there and tickets need to be given out for jaywalking.
LilyGirl August 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Half the problem is the pedestrian law. People just think they can walk without looking these days because the "law" says the cars have to stop. It's easier for a person on the side of the road to stop and cross at a good time (or when it's their specified time to cross) than it is for a car to slam on their breaks. When I cross a road or walk in a parking lot I wait for the traffic to Stop not just assume they will and go for it, it's called personal responsibility. If I had to guess in this case the people didn't want to walk down to 520 to get to the crosswalk so they decided to run across and misjudged how fast the van was going. I have seen people cross in all sections of that road late at night in black clothes and take chances they shouldn't - some get lucky and others don't. If you build a crossing bridge from the diner to Kohl's you know there will still be people who will cross at Hess or Shoprite etc. - how many crossing bridges can we make? My husband crosses at the Texas road light, in the crosswalk and he said people are always trying to save a few seconds by crossing in front of cars and where they shouldn't. Who knows if someone is playing with their radio, phone, make-up etc and may not be paying attention and this is why the person crossing has to be ultra aware if it's safe to cross any road not just Rt. 9.
JosephGhabourLaw August 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Simple safety dictates alternatives to pedaling/walking along route 9. Both drivers and walkers/cyclists must obey the law – which also states that cyclists are required to have lights at night. Better access by foot to shopping, etc would benefit residents. Finally, bicycle-pedestrian paths can increase property values by up to $8,800. There's federal monies available for such, and when roadwork is done, NJDOT and local towns would be wise to apply for it. http://128.175.63.72/projects/DOCUMENTS/bikepathfinal.pdf
Marlboro Mann August 28, 2012 at 05:15 PM
In order to protect pedestrians, a chain link fence must be constructed in the center median. This will discourage reckless crossing behavior. Next look at the busiest intersections and restrict the right turn on red to allow pedestrians to cross safely. Lastly, have more police presence near known speed ways to encourage safe driving.

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