Thursday, March 12, 2009

Update on Park & Seventh

These workers appeared today (Thursday, March 12, 2009) to complete the Union County improvements at Park & Seventh. They included markings for left turn lanes, crosswalk delineations and new signage.

The street marking process involved trillions of small glass beads.

Even though road repairs have not been done since New Jersey American Water ripped up the intersection, the workers valiantly drove their striping machines over the potholes.

Kind of made a person woozy to look at it.
Oh Mary, where's the Dramamine?
The update includes turn lanes on all four corners.
The old yellow lines were scraped away by one machine and this machine made new ones.
Turn left, turn right, go straight, just watch out for those pesky pedestrians.

Hmmm. You mean it's been wrong all these years? Why yes, to the west of Park Avenue it is indeed West Seventh Street.
Park Avenue is always Park Avenue and is the border between East and West.

And here we are at Park and East Seventh Street. No indication of when the duplicative signage will be taken away.
Once all systems and signage are operative, including push buttons for pedestrian crossings, I think all the many hundreds of people who cross here daily on foot and even the thousands of drivers who travel the crossroad will be much happier. Thanks to Union County for this project. Click here for more information.
--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

would have been nice,before they painted.2 fix the potholes.on park and 7th.everything is always backwards in this city.who is running the show ?

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice camera work there BP !


9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for tour, it would look really nice to paint all the crosswalks and stop lines downtown.

9:52 PM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Since both Park abd 7th are COUNTY roads the city has no responsibility or capability to properly repave this mess before painting the lines.Just another example of the high regard Lesniak has for Green and Plainfield.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: 9:52pm

Why do you think that is? Why can't the downtown have painted cross walks? When one crosses the brook on Park/Somerset into North Plainfield the cross walks are perfect! The lack of marked crosswalks are so dangerous for the pedestrians.

Here on our block, corner of Belvidere and E7th, just one (the county one) of the three cross walks are visible. This is a very busy cross as many commuters walking to the train use it , and so do students from Maxon School who cross under the tracts. The vehicle car stop white lines are also missing.

As a City many are advocating for higher density transit oriented developments. But the whole theory of these TODs are creating walking friendly communities. How can we do this if we cant calm the traffic, if we can't paint the lines, or if we cant replace the small pedestrian signs at the bump outs on South.

Jim Spear

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would not hurt to paint strips in the parking lots also !!!


10:35 AM  

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