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Sickles Park Traffic Debate Continues

Shrewsbury continues to seek ways to fix traffic and safety concerns tied to overuse of Sickles Park.

Shrewsbury Council and borough residents continue to discuss possible remedies to help keep traffic under control and children safe on neighborhood roads leading to the town’s most widely used park.

At a recent council meeting, ideas for how to slow drivers down when approaching and leaving Sickles Park ranged from erecting temporary signs to installing speed bumps along Sickles Place, the short road and cul-de-sac that leads to the popular park.

Officials and residents are worried that the small street presents a safety risk for children, especially during the weekends when multiple youth sports activities are held at the park. According to public comments from residents, drivers go well in excess of the posted 25-mph speed limit, speed around curves, park in front of driveways, and generally rush around in the same area where children walk and cross the street. Though there have been no reported incidents, some worry there’s potential for disaster.

“I’m gonna tell you,” Sickles Place resident Marty Bruno said. “You need a speed bump. You’re going to get somebody hurt there if you don’t put speed bumps there.”

The issue first arose following a weekend in which is was reported that more than a dozen youth sports games were scheduled back-to-back, creating a traffic nightmare in the neighborhood area off of White Street. The borough responded by installing a digital speed limit sign to inform drivers how fast they are going. The problem is the sign is located just before the cul-de-sac; drivers who have sped up to get down the street have already slowed down by that point, probably.

It’s not the solution Shrewsbury is looking for, Bruno said.

“The speed limit thing, kids only use that to see how fast they can go on their skate boards,” the retired Eatontown cop said.

Shrewsbury Councilman Jeff DeSalvo, also a Sickles Place resident, said he’s seen drivers speed down the road, too. People come around the corner from White and just gun it to get to the park, he said.

While speed bumps, or speed humps, could be a solution, there are concerns that they would make it more difficult to plow during the winter. There are also worries that speed bumps would slow down emergency response, though it’s unlikely that it would cause more than a second or two delay. The borough has also looked into temporary speed humps but has mostly ruled them out as they need to be drilled into the street and can cause significant damage to the roadway.

Other ideas floated include painting new crosswalks and putting up pedestrian walkway signs.

In the mean time, Councilman Tom Menapace said the borough’s police department has expressed a willingness to patrol the area and be on the look out for speeders and other unsafe driving during heavy park use.  

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Barney October 03, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Has anybody driven by that park on Patterson Ave??? It's loaded with nontaxpaying illegal immigrants and Red Bank ghetto thugs. Day luv dem basketball courts dat us taxpayers provide for dem.
wesdxcvvv October 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Why not cut a new entrance/exit onto Constitution Drive? Google maps does not list a name for this park and I thought the only Sickles Park was next to Sickles Market in Little Silver. I'm guessing this is a new park?
MS2012 October 03, 2012 at 01:21 PM
How about slowing people down on White st first? I love the 8am-8:30am grand prix every morning when people are taking their kids to school and kids are walking up and down the street. It is unreall how fast people drive with kids wlaking up and down the street.
Fred M October 03, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Barney, go to a council meeting with same statement ...But again you are afraid little man
Barney October 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Hey Fred M, What's with the little man thing? Is that supposed to be funny or are you really this simple? Are you the real Fred M from Shrewsbury?....
Fred M October 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
You said I was from Shrewsbury......ok little man?
Fred M October 03, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Immature statement little man
Barney October 03, 2012 at 11:42 PM
You seem to have an issue with that statement little guy.... Are you sure you are not the real FRED M from SHREWSBURY?????? Paranoia??????

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