Radio Section Improvements

Radio Section Improvements

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Todd Pagel started this petition to Mayor and Council

I hope everyone has been doing well. I know this has been a trying year for everyone and all of the construction in the Radio Section hasn't helped! As they begin to finish up with construction they will be repaving our streets. During this time we have the ability to urge the Mayor and Council to make some safety and quality of life improvements to our streets.  Bike Walk Metuchen (a local advocacy group) has graciously evaluated the Radio Sections Streets and came up with some suggestions for the Council on how to make our streets safer for all users! 
1) Improved crosswalk markings. Many of the corners in the Radio Section do not have painted crosswalks. The suggestion would be that all of them should be painted and they should be painted with the thicker crosswalk marking that you see downtown This would improve visibility and would not cost the borough much.
2) At some of the more heavily used crosswalks add painted bulb outs. These visually narrow the road for drivers before they get to the stop sign. 
3) Improved drainage. As we all know the Radio Section is one of the lowest areas in Metuchen. And with that we have more water in our gutters from rain storms and from sump pumps. Many of our streets are almost impassible after a heavy storm because of giant puddles. This creates hazards when the puddles freeze in the winter and increases the amount of mosquitoes in the warmer months. While they are doing the road resurfacing the could install channel drains in some of the areas that have a lot of water. This would put the water below the surface eliminating the issues with ice and reducing the amount of mosquitoes. Or the Borough could build a rain garden on the corners which would slow traffic and help absorb water. 
4) Putting a handicap parking area in front of Center st Park. Very similar to the one in front of olmezer.

5) Paint sharrows on the streets listed in the appendix. Because our streets are narrow and the speed limit is 25 Sharrows would notify drivers that our streets are for both cars and bikes. 

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