Before spiraling out of control as technical issues wreaked havoc on a Toms River Township council meeting last week, members of the governing body were able to introduce several ordinances aimed at traffic safety – specifically, adding stop signs to a number of intersections and reducing speed limits on several roads.
The council introduced four traffic-related ordinances at its Jan. 31 meeting. The ordinances will be subject to a public hearing and second vote before adoption; it was not clear if the ordinances would need to be re-introduced since some members of the public were unable to view the first 15 minutes of the online-only meeting, when the measures were taken up by the council.
Regardless of the legal implications that may come from the dysfunction of the meeting, the ordinances were introduced routinely.
Speed Limits Reduced
Two of the four ordinances reduce speed limits on township roadways.
Hovsons Boulevard, off Hooper Avenue and north of Church Road, is currently divided into two zones, and will be collapsed into a single zone. The speed limit for the entire roadway will be reduced to 25 m.p.h.
Likewise, Yorktowne Boulevard – a nearby road in the northernmost point of town – will have its speed limit reduced to 25 m.p.h. for its entire length.
Stop Signs on the Way
The remaining two ordinances revolved around the installation of stop signs.
The first would place a stop sign at Hickory Hill Road at the intersection Harbor View Lane. The intersection is located on an oblong-shaped group of streets in the Green Island neighborhood in the township’s Silverton section.
The second stop sign measure brought the council back to Yorktowne Boulevard. There, stop signs will be placed at Yorktowne Boulevard And Mount Carmel Boulevard from all approaches.