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City to Apply for Pedestrian Safety Grant

For improving pedestrian safety in front of the Wallace School on Willow and 12th.

The city will apply for a grant to improve the pedestrian safety on Willow Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets, the location of .

The main goal is increasing pedestrian safety for the students at the Wallace School who walk to school every day, which is at least half of all the students, according to Director of Parking and Transportation Ian Sacs.

Sacs said that overall, has improved in Hoboken and the "dramatically."

The stretch of Willow Avenue above 11th Street is wider than most roads in Hoboken, which also means that cars are more likely to speed there. 

The wideness of the street and the fact that a lot of Wallace students walk to school, Sacs said on Wednesday night, are strong incentives to increase pedestrian safety at that location. 

But, even though the city can apply for a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, chances of getting the money are slim, Sacs said. "It's a highly competitive grant application," Sacs said. But, he added, "we're setting a frame work for a longer term conversation with the county." The county owns that road. 

If the grant gets approved, the project will take two or three years, Sacs said. 

Are there any other intersections in town where pedestrian safety can be improved? Let us know in the comments. 

A-DPhotography.com January 19, 2012 at 04:16 PM
What kind of improvements are they that it would take 2 to 3 years? Why doesn't the city put a STOP sign on 11th and Clinton where Soooo many kids cross and the cars are always in a hurry to get past the school.
Grafix Avenger January 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I'd suggest the improvement grant or no grant, and not in 2 or 3 years. That's a hellish street crossing.
slk2003 January 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Yes. I agree. That corner definitely needs a stop sign or a crossing guard.
PeoplePlease January 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
People please! There is a process that must be followed. First the "I'm smart" PR blitz, then the back and forth bickering between the Mayors office and the council - Russo will ask Sacs about overtime spending for a few weeks and then, maybe a stop sign or some white lines will get painted painted. Then next year HPU will release a $40000 study that says accidents are down 50%, from 2 to 1.

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